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Unwanted System Shut Down

My Acer L100 keeps powering down at seemingly random intervals. No error messages appear, the hard drive slows down and the monitor fades to black in a matter of 2 seconds. Fans are clean and exhaust airway for the unit is fine. Is this a hardware problem or a software issue? Solutions? Thanks!

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  • Nathaniel McLaughlin Aug 24, 2007

    Thanks for the suggestions. I've had some issues w/ wireless keyboard and mouse as well. Logitech's SetPoint software can get buggy often.

    Last week I shipped the unit back to Acer's repair depot in Texas. They found no issues (doh!) and shipped it back. Got it back yesterday. Previously I had the unit on my desk (secretary's desk) in a semi-enclosed area but w/ what I beleived to be ample airflow clearance for safe operation. After a few hours use the same abrubt powering-down issue appeared and I decided to move the unit to the foot of my desk where there was not even a slight possiblity of airflow being affected. So far no issues have appeared and I'm going to leave it running all day just to test against previous results. Sensitive little buggah.

    I sincerely beleive that this design is proned to overheating as it's a laptop masquerading as a full desktop system. Weak and imbedded (=unchangable) graphics card really limits the system's performance. Far from whisper quiet, this unit's fans can sound like my wife's hairdrier when the system is even lightly being taxed. I can't complain so much though because I picked it up for only $300.00 as an "Open Box" special at a large retailer.

  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    My acer L100 would freeze and crash. As time went on the problem just keep getting worse. I did not change the ram from the factory 1G. Acer lost my trouble calls. Now the one year warrentee is expired and they refuse to do anything. After the warrenty expired, I took it back to Circuit City for diagnostics. They said there was nothing wrong. After three trips and being told there was nothing wrong, after it frooze, I did not power down and let it just let sit and roast. Within about 3 hours the power supply on the mother board failed. My credit card insurance program will now deal with Acer. The L-100 has a design flaw, stay away from it.

  • pmlco Sep 22, 2008

    I have the same problem. I believe it's due to the CPU overheating and shutting down the system, as the problem usually occurs at high load. I have reduced the performance to the minimum (power saving mode) as so far the problem has not recurred, although the machine runs slower.

    Regards;
    Ian.


  • Anonymous Jan 22, 2009

    old compaq Presario 6000 shuts down randomly immediately no messages. I've suspected power supply. Need help.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    We first got error of invalid OS so reinstalled the OS (clean) no shutdown prior to this. Then I replaced the 300w power supply with a 750 watt one still have issues. I ran a diagnostic on system but no indications of hardware issues. CPU does sing a bit but other than that no reliable data available. System is a Gateway DX4320-19. I am wondering if there is an issue with memory or possible the CD-rom or even the hard drive. System is approximately 5 years old with no previous issues.

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I'm a Computer Tech I just opened aAcer Aspire L100 up with the same symtoms.Found two bad 1000uf 6.3 volt caps on the Motherboard. They were bloated. Replaced them and it is now working fine

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Wow...i am surprised no one has discoverd this and i am an amatuer. the power management software seems to be the culprit. i have posted the solution i used on some of the other overheating acer L100 questions. even if the fans run at top speed, the bios can read the wrong temps and also control the processer voltages too high which no fan is gonna cool......lol......check em out, my finger is tired.....lol.

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

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I just opened an Acer Aspire L100 given to me - for the same reasons & the capacitors on the motherboard are swollen. This is a result of overheating. Once the capacitors swell - they fail to function properly a/k/a sporatic shutdown.

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If it caused by overheating, take the cooling unit over the AMD upu and re grease it and put the cooling unit it!

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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Had same problem, reformatted hard disk, installed vista 64 bit ultimate about 2 months aga and have not had this problem re-occur to date. I leave unit on 24 hours a day. This may work for others don't know but it worked for me.

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

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I had the exact same problem.  Behaved like it was overheating but wasn't hot at all.  Called Acer and had a return authorization # in 10 mintues.  Shipped it to TX for $35 and got it back 3 weeks later.  They replaced the MB and it seems to work fine now.

Posted on Oct 27, 2007

I have the same random shutdown problem with my ACER L100 I think the best solution is to take it straight back from where I bought It from which is what im going to do!

Posted on Oct 02, 2007

Well, there is a small issue witht his as well, I also have one and the keyboard and mouse are wireless via USB, the machine cannot be worked with at all in safe mode due tot he fact that there are no USB drivers and you have no operation of either the keyboard and mouse. I have found that when the issue occurs, it even happens on line, I was looking at an online album on facebook quickly flipping through pictures and the fans start running almost nonstop untill the system shuts down. I can tell you that as an experienced hardware and software technician from Gateway, Dell, and Microsoft vista, that it seems to be a definate overheating issue. The case and the powersupply are insufficient to properly run and maintain a consistant temperature, thus causing an overheating issue to the point of shutdown. The OS has been reloaded with no change.

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The only way to find out if the it's software or hardware is to switch it on and keep pressing either f5 or f8 until you get safe mode menu click on safe mode and run it for a while if it goes off you know it's definately hardware most likely processor overheating or something loose inside if it carries on running without any problems you know it's definately a software problem a reinstall of your operating system should solve the problem

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