One of the side effects of cramming a whole bunch of electronics into a tiny laptop case is that netbooks can run pretty hot. To help release heat, most manufacturers put a fair number of vents and a fan or two inside the case. And while those fans perform an important function, they can also be a bit loud especially if you’re sitting in a quiet room, like say, a library.
Acer Aspire One Fan Control is a free application for Aspire One users running Windows XP or vista that gives you a bit more control over your fan speed. It displays the current temperature and lets you determine when your fan should turn on and off.
The developer recently released an updated version that works with the latest BIOS update from Acer. If you’re using Fan Control version 1.0 and you noticed that it stopped working after a recent BIOS upgrade, you’ll want to update to version 1.1.
If you’re using an Eee PC 701, you can control your fan speed (and your CPU speed) using eeectl. You might have some success running eectl on newer Eee PC models, but some users have reported problems with it. If you’ve tried eeectl on an Eee PC 901 or 1000 model, let us know about your experiences in the comments.