My father has an AcerAspire 5315. I was trying to install Slackware 13.1 on it, but it always suddenly turned off. I understood that it was due to over heating. I opened it and found out that actually the fan was not rotating.

I searched on internet and found two solutions:

  • upgrade the BIOS (which is risky)
  • use a program (acer_fancontrol)

I tried the second solution and it worked.

Here is some reference to the first solution:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/451337/comments/41

Here is some reference to second solution:

http://www.fugaz.net/2010/01/23/acer-aspire-fan-issue-solved/

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4925392&postcount=117

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4702613&postcount=108

I hope this information can help.

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