The Acer Aspire series of laptops are well known for their competitive prices, compact size, and consumer-grade features. However, if you are having problems with your Acer, it can be quite frustrating. If your laptop powers off unexpectedly, it could indicate several issues with your computer. Fortunately, most of these problems are relatively easy to fix.
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If your laptop computer shuts off after you unplug it, chances are good that you have a bad battery. If you frequently use the computer when it is plugged into the wall, the battery may have gone through one too many charge cycles and died. To combat this, replace the old battery with a new or refurbished one. Many electronics stores sell new and used batteries suitable for Acer computers. To install a new battery on an Aspire 5610Z, power the computer off, and flip both lock switches on the bottom of the computer. Lift the old battery out of the computer and then place the new battery in the battery shell. Flip the switches back in the "locked" position and then power on the computer.
Missing/Corrupted Power Management Program
Each Acer Aspire laptop ships with a special program that manages the flow of power from your battery to the computer. If this program is damaged or corrupted, power will not be regulated and it is possible that the computer will turn off due to the power cycling either too fast or too slow. If you can get your computer on for more then 20 minutes, try performing a system restore to a point before the power management program was deleted. The system restore utility is in the "System Tools" menu of the "Accessories" tab in Windows.
If the fan in your computer is malfunctioning, the computer will overheat and will turn off after a few minutes. You can diagnose whether the fan is the issue fairly easily by putting your hand over the air vent on the right side of the computer. If you do not feel any air coming out, then your fan is not working, and the shutdowns are due to overheating. If this is the case, you will need to call Acer for repair. If your Aspire 5610Z is still in warranty, a broken fan should be covered under manual defects. See the link in the "Resource" section for more support information.
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