The Acer Aspire 5315 has an overheating problem that is caused by WINDOWS VISTA yet again another problem caused by Windows Vista. Windows Vista Home Premium and up tells the computers Bios to turn the fan on or off depending on the temperature of the hard drive and processor. I had my laptop for about two months before the problem started and then it would just randomly shut off, no blue screen no warning at all. So I started searching using google, found out about speedfan, tried it, nothing was recognized so it didn't work properlly. then I tried about everything else you can imaging. Finally after doing some more research and googling like a madman someone on Ubuntu forums mentioned updating the BIOS on the computer. That was the only thing I hadn't tried yet. Then i checked with Acer tech support and they said that that was not what it was and they suggested sending in and paying to ship it to them and have it serviced. So I said Nope and went to the Acer support website and got the Upgraded BIOS. The Pc usually comes with Version 1.29 on the website they have several options for Vista, I went with 1.43 and now have NO problems! this thing works even better than it did before it started to overheat. The temp was usually 60 degrees Celcius and went up to around 110 before and now never even goes over 50 even at 100% CPU usage, i had 10 online streaming videos, a dvd playing, a movie off the harddrive, and a music video from the hard drive, plus I had all the regular items running and I let it run for about two hours like that with all the videos skipping and overplaying eachother and the cpu never went over 60 Celcius. Heres the Link http://www.acerpanam.com/synapse/forms/portal20.cfm?recordid=5194&formid=3394&website=AcerPanAm.com&siteid=7117&words=all&keywords=&areaid=2
now this link will take you to V 1.34 because this is what acer recommends however if you want the higher version youll have to go to
and under BIOS, Drivers, and firmware click on the arrow and select Pan America or whatever region your in, however sometimes this link will not work it took several tries before IE7 could actually open the page to select the version and for a couple days it wouldn't work. But I also tried the v1.34 now and it works as well so it just depends. I would try the 1.34 first before going on.
Also one last thing you need to download WINZIP which if you dont already have it you can get an evaluation version online @ winzip.com and several other websites if you google it. Well thank You I hope this can help other people as well as myself.