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Acer Aspire 3000 - Overheating issues

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Hi everyone.

I have been trawling through various websites trying to find an accurate (if thatís possible) answer to my laptop overheating problems. Iíve come to conclude that Acer Aspires do have a general tendency to overheat, but thought Iíd post this question anyway.

My Aspire 3000 overheats on a regular basis when it performs certain tasks. I have installed several temperature monitoring programs and I find the best one to be SpeedFan. Looking at the temp now I have an idle 62oC for Core, for the HD itís 48oC and another reading of 39oC for Temp 1 (whatever that is).

When performing certain tasks, the temp goes crazy. should I have to unzip (using WinRar) a file for example, say 300mb, the temp shoots up within seconds. Iíve seen it jump to the late 80ísC and the very second that I pause the unpacking of the file, the temp drops back down again instantly. When I unpause it and the unpacking continues, the temp shoots back up instantly. The same if I do a virus scan. The temp can get over 90 and then when I pause, it drops back down to 65 or whatever. Seems to be that when it gets to about 94oC, the laptop shuts itself down.

Is this a normal thing to occur? Granted, I know that the temp would rise when the CPU usage is increased, but to rise within a second to such a high temp and then drop again back to normal just as quick sounds like something is really wrong. Iím a complete novice when it comes to this kind of thing but I thought it sounds like a malfunction somewhere as if the temp was truly that hot, it would remain that hot.

I have downloaded the latest BIOS from the Acer website and have flashed it. Still the same problem.

Would it be worthwhile to install a temperature control program to set the shutdown temps higher so my machine can actually stay on when I do a virus scan or play a game (even very low spec ones)?

Below is the details of the laptop in case this is of any help (taken from the Acer Monitor program):

Product Name: Acer Aspire 3000
Processor: Mobile AMD Sempron™ Processor 2800+
Total Memory: 1280MB
Video Memory: 64MB
Bus Speed: 400MHz
Form Factor: None
Mother Board: Lugano M

Thanks in advance if anyone can give me a little clue as to what the problem(s) might be.
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