Acer Aspire One 110/150 essentials!

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Fan Controller and Screen Resizer from A1CTL

The cooling fan on some Acer Aspire Ones (including mine) can be intrusive, especially in a very quiet environment (office, school, library). Acer have set the fan to come on far too soon so this utility will stop the fan entirely below a (very safe) temperature and will allow it to spin up at a slow speed when a threshold is reached. Once the temperature climbs above a top temperature the fan is back to the Acer 'auto' setting. Works like a dream and saves you (and those around you) from that annoying whine. All temperature settings under your control.

Your Acer's screen size is just 600 pixels high. That's OK for most applications most of the time but I've had several where the OK button (for example) is off the bottom of the screen and there's just no way to get to it. This utility lets you set your screen size to 1024 x 768 pixels so you can scroll down a bit and see the lost information. Your screen acts as a viewport (or letterbox) onto the larger screen area. Alternatively you can squeeze the full 768 pixels onto your 600 pixel screen and it works much, much better than you might expect. Yes, you can have a fully working 1024 x 768 screen. Small (OK, tiny) pin-sharp text but works superbly. You will get about 22% (one fifth) more screen height which makes a big difference.

This utility has a few extras that may interest you too. It allows you to slow the CPU down to 800Mhz (half speed) when running on batteries, which may get you a longer run-time between charges.

It can also stop annoying hard disk clicks that some Acer's (not mine) suffer from. Aparently, the hard disk is asked to park itself as often as possible to save power but you can hear this as an audible click. The disk is invariably called back into service a few seconds later by XP which causes another click, and so on. A simple check-box can stop all this.

Just before you email me about that previous "no way" to get to buttons and other controls that drop off the bottom of the rather squat Acer screen, there is a standard workaround but I find it terribly cumbersome: right-click your screen background, choose Graphics Options, Rotation and select 90 Degrees. (You can also use hot-key combination CTRL-ALT-RightArrow which is easier, and CTRL-ALT-UpArrow to revert to normal.) Your screen is now in portrait mode and you will be able to see elusive buttons previously off the bottom of the screen but you'll have to turn the screen round the right way to use your mouse! As I say, it's easier to use this great utilty - you're getting it all for the price of one (freeware, nothing to pay, although the author accepts donations).

If you find this utility useful I can only urge you to contribute at least a couple of quid / dollars / euros for his efforts. Yes, of course I have.

Visit the author's web page for full details of this interesting utility.