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Hi, We have an Acer Aspire 5051 AWXMi laptop, made in Nov 2006 (if I interpret the Manufacturers label correctly) which we bought in early 2007. Up until now the unit has worked well, until recently,when the fan (I assume) became very noisy. After a few months of this very noisy fan the noise stopped, and a couple of weeks later, the computer cut out after about 20 minutes operation and the laptop felt very hot. We took the laptop to a computer repair centre who said that the reason it was overheating was that the ventilation fan (or fans) was blocked by dust (which they cleaned out). They had reformatted the laptop as we must have contracted a virus of some sort and the computer was gradually working slower and slower. When we got the computer home it shut down again after about 15 minutes operation. We returned to the computer repair store who then put it on test (so they say) and they said that it had worked for better than an hour and a half without problem. I said to the people in the repair shop that the fan did not appear to be working (ie that the original problem was a failed fan) but they assured me that the fan WAS working. They suggested that we purchase a fan base (a support for the laptop with additional fans in) which we did. We returned home and started the computer only to have it fail again after about an hour, with exactly the same symptoms as before. Does this computer have some software fan control that I can alter? And if so how can I change the speed? (or know what speed it should be running at?) If not, can I change out the fan myself? Obviously, the unit is out of warranty, so it wont matter if I do the work - I just need to know how to go about it. We live in the south of Spain and I seriously suspect that the computer repair shop personnel are just not technically competent (enough) to understand such things. Alos I have read today about a program called SPEEDFAN. SpeedFan is a program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips Could I possible install this software and fix my problem? I look forward to your comments. Many thanks and best regards Peter thomson

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Reboot the machine and press either F2 or DEL to enter in BIOS.

Under one of the settings ( it's in advanced -> fan settings. in my current bios ) You should be able to choose what percentage the fan speed runs at.

If this doesn't help, some serious hardware damage may have been done when the laptop overheated.

Installing software will not not fix the issue. Most of the information on these types of programs are all visible in the bios under hardware status anyway.

hope this helps,

Posted on Sep 10, 2010


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