The purpose of this article is to discuss fixing the Acer Aspire 7 overheating and temperature issues. There have been some reports on Reddit where people are complaining that their Acer Aspire 7 is overheating. These claims indicate that their processors are reporting anywhere from 84 to 105 degrees celcius (175 to 221 degrees farenheit).
User Weaboo_boy posted an image where his processor reached 84 degrees celcius while he was playing Forza Horizon. Additionally, user Samickandaz post in-depth about their overheating issue. The laptop allegedly had temperature issues right from the start. Its specs included an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card and an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U with 8GB RAM. World of Warcraft was the primary use case game for the laptop and it was not using max graphics settings. This is unusual for a laptop with these kinds of specs.
As a precautionary measure, the voltage on these processors may drop to half volts. When volts drop it impacts the clock speed of the processor which impacts performance. For gamers, that can impact frames per second and cause stuttering issues on high end PC games.
Symptoms of Overheating and Temperature Issues
If you’re here reading this, then you are likely experiencing one or more symptoms of your Acer Asire 7 overheating. These may include things like your PC shutting down shortly after it starts up and your fans sounding all of a sudden like a jet engine. You may also be experiencing stuttering and slow response from your PC. The laptop itself may feel hot to the touch as well, especially by the fans and on the bottom of the device.
If you are experiencing these symptoms and want to make sure, you can download HWiNFO, OCCT or Cinebench from the utilities section of this blog. Running those tools will give you confidence in knowing where issues lie. HWiNFO would be a good first utility to run against your PC. If it’s your processor overheating, it will show up there.
It should be noted though that you should never keep your laptop on a blanket or any fabric. It may come as a surprise for some, but fabric is a soft material that can clog laptop vents making it nearly impossible for hot air to escape.
If you’re certain that it’s a temperature issue, then thankfully, there are troubleshooting steps to overcome overheating issues.
How to Fix Acer Aspire 7 Overheating Issues
Disclaimer: The steps below contain DIY instructions. Please read our disclaimer before proceeding.
1. Check your fans
It sounds logical when you say it, but it can be easily missed. Check all the vents on the Acer Aspire 7 to make sure that air flow is escaping. If there is a vent that is not pushing air out, then it could mean that a fan needs to be replaced.
2. Remove the dust from around the CPU heatsink and fan
The first thing you should do to fix Acer Aspire 7 overheating issues is to remove all the dust around the heatsink and fan that cools your processor. Dust build-up acts as an insulator or a blanket for heat. It keeps it trapped in there and doesn’t allow it to escape. You can use canned air or gently use an air compressor to remove the dust. If you’re worried about the air damaging a fan or other component, you can also try using a dry paper towel.
3. Re-apply thermal paste
In order to re-apply thermal paste, you will need to remove the heatsink from the processor. You can do this by unscrewing all the screws holding it in place and then take it off. Once it has been removed, you can wipe away the old thermal paste with a paper towel and some isopropyl alcohol. Once it is dry, you can put new thermal paste on the heatsink. For additional thermal-paste advice, read the article on applying and re-applying thermal paste.
4. Roll back any recent driver updates
Rolling back a driver update that occurred recently before the overheating issues began may solve the problem. An example driver update may have happened from your graphics card. The NVIDIA forums are no stranger to posts about driver updates causing overheating issues. The same goes for AMD.
5. Reset BIOS to default settings
Resetting the BIOS to default settings may help overheating issues. If you have done any overclocking or made any changes in the BIOS, then resetting the BIOS will bring it back to its original state. Be forewarned though that all your changes will be lost from when you originally got your laptop.
6. Use a Cooling Pad To Dissipate Overheating
A final option for dissipating overheating issues would be to use a cooling pad. There are several out there and which one to select is beyond the scope of this article. Amazon.com has many options for laptop cooling pads to sift through and they are relatively cheap ($20-$50).
Will Acer Aspire 7 Overheating Damage the CPU?
Will overheating damage a processor (CPU)? Likely not according to Intel. Processors have built-in safeguards, like throttling back and automatic shutdown. If the processor goes above a certain temperature threshold, it will automatically shut the PC off.
It is likely however to have an impact on your performance as detailed with the gamer’s case noted above. That is the number one reason to solve overheating issues with the Acer Aspire 7. Letting it overheat and cause poor performance is sinking your investment and is cause for frustration. Therefore, you should fix any overheating issues when it comes to any PC and why cooling is so important.