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Windows 7: laptop heating, fan loud, battery life short in windows 7

06 Oct 2012   #1
dalhoomist

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
laptop heating, fan loud, battery life short in windows 7

Hi All,

I am having a problem with my Acer aspire s3 ultrabook (i7 2637 4GB ram running windows 7 home premium 64 bit).

The fan is on all the time, really loud and noisy, and the laptop is usually heating up too rapidly, and the battery life is less than 1 hour on power saving mode!! I don't know how it became this way, but I think that I once downloaded the windows 8 preview, installed it, but nothing happened, and I could not detect it on the control panel or in my hard-drive, it just disappeared, and my laptop has not been well eversince. I am not sure If I want to restore it or if I have a restoration point before the problem, but I have important software I do not want to lose. Is there any solution for that?

Thanks


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06 Oct 2012   #2
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

dalhoomist,
Welcome to SF. Have you ever opened the bottom up to change ram or your HDD? I would open it up and see how much that exposes the guts and especially the fan which I would take a very close look at and then clean it with air and a damp q-tip. Air flow is critical and these fans get dirty and even clumps of dust can break off and slow if not block the flow of air.
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07 Oct 2012   #3
dalhoomist

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi linnemeyerhere,

If I do that. will my warranty go void? as I would have to unscrew a dozen screws for that. Isn't there a solution through windows?

Thanks
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07 Oct 2012   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dalhoomist View Post
Hi All,

I am having a problem with my Acer aspire s3 ultrabook (i7 2637 4GB ram running windows 7 home premium 64 bit).

The fan is on all the time, really loud and noisy, and the laptop is usually heating up too rapidly, and the battery life is less than 1 hour on power saving mode!! I don't know how it became this way, but I think that I once downloaded the windows 8 preview, installed it, but nothing happened, and I could not detect it on the control panel or in my hard-drive, it just disappeared, and my laptop has not been well eversince. I am not sure If I want to restore it or if I have a restoration point before the problem, but I have important software I do not want to lose. Is there any solution for that?

Thanks
If you downloaded the Windows 8 Preview and installed it, I think you would know. The installation process takes at least 20 minutes on the low side and requires several user responses to complete.

HTH
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07 Oct 2012   #5
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

dalhoomist,
If you are reluctant to open the back up which is really easy and unless there are stickers warning you of voiding warranties.....won't, I mean how else can you get to ram modules, wireless cards and your hard drive not to mention the all important little squirrel fan. If you want then find the air intake and the air exhaust and this is what you'll do. Get the best vacuum out and hold it or better yet temporarily tape it to the exhaust, then take compressed air and while the laptop is running do short full blasts of air into the intake. Do this several times while watching temps and then leave the vacuum on for a minute or two to hopefully pull away any dislodged dust. Then when done never use the laptop on your lap, bed, carpet and only with its legs raised it so provided or with a laptop cooler. Hope this helps.
Just found this video in Spanish but around 3:00 minutes it's opened up and all is shown.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVBabE89_cE
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07 Oct 2012   #6
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

OK so I'm thinking this ultrabook is just too new to be dusty or dirty inside. Looking at this compact wonder it could just be a hot running machine and maybe the only course is a raised cooler to provide better airflow. In any case you have a video which will help you see the ease of opening when you need or want to get inside it.
Hopefully someone will address the Windows 8 partial load, as I'm not sure if there are artifacts left over that are confusing Windows 7 but it will be worth looking into that. Have you considered a restore back to date before you tried to install Windows 8? From what I've seen and heard Windows * isn't worth it and I would avoid it and just use Windows 7. If push comes to shove then get you data off the drive and just do a clean install of Windows 7 and that way you can only load what you want and not all the bloatware that normally come pre-installed. Please see SF's excellent tutorials section for advice and step by step instructions....good luck.
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7[3]=Installation%20and%20Setup
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13 Oct 2012   #7
dalhoomist

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

HI

I just switched off the laptop for a couple of days, now it is fine! really weird! I am strugling with a clean re-install on my other laptop, so I am going to back up my files and wait until I fix my other laptop. Will a windows 8 upgrade solve these matters?

Many thanks
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13 Oct 2012   #8
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Windows 8 much like a clean install of Windows 7 can fix a lot of computer issues but......Windows 8 has been panned as mostly a mobile touch screen OS with little if not a backwards step from Windows 7 as far as core function and features. If I were you I would try a clean install. I would also see if the small 20gb SSD is of a 2.5 form factor and I would change that out to a 128gb of larger and grow the use of this amazing feature to include programs, software and some games.
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