I have an Acer aspire 5542, which came with windows 7 x64 pre-installed
I have no problem with the operating system provided for normal use, but a lot of music software i use (i.e cubase, reason etc) simply does not like this operating system (mainly due to x64 not sitting well with x86 DAW's and plugins)
I decided to go for a dual boot of xp 32-bit and windows 7
Made a partition on my hdd and proceeded to install XP (using IDE mode in bios)
Now i've come across a problem i simply cannot fix, no matter what i try
It seems that XP overheats VERY easily, whereas windows 7 is fine and fully functional
It seems to me like the fan never operates at full speed when using XP
There are no settings in BIOS that allow me to change fan speed, and programs like speedfan have no access to fan speeds (I've heard this is pretty standard with acer laptops)
I've tried various drivers, updating my BIOS etc. but nothing seems to work!!
The problem is not as bad with the laptop unplugged, but the second i connect the AC adapter, the CPU temperature creeps up slowly until the laptop cuts out and restarts.
I've resorted to using the laptop on a baking tray to elevate it and allow it's fans better airflow access.
Despite this, the temperature hovers around 75+ degrees whilst idle, and skyrockets as soon as any intensive process is undertaken
As i say, windows 7 has no problems whatsoever with overheating, just XP.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Here are my specs:
CPU - Mobile Dualcore AMD Turion II M500
Motherboard name - Acer Aspire 5542
Motherboard chipset - AMD M785, AMD K10
4GB DDR2 Ram
BIOS Type - Pheonix (01/18/10) (V1.09)
Video Adapter - ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series
HDD - 500GB Western Digital