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I'm running Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire 4937G and there is this issue that whenever I run too many programs simultaneously, my laptop will auto-shutdown due to overheating.

I was wondering is there anyway to make it auto-hibernate instead of auto-shutdown when it's overheated (to prevent loss of unsaved data due to sudden shutdown)?

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Does it perform the standard shutdown process, or does it just shut off instantly? – grawity May 14 '12 at 7:57
    
@grawity The screen blacks out and I suspect it shuts down instantly, however I'm not sure if there's something running at a lower level. – Pacerier May 14 '12 at 8:53
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I know your question is about auto-hibernating, but have you looked at why the laptop is overheating in the first place? Continued overheating is going to shorten the life of the CPU and could result in permanent failure. – CharlieRB May 14 '12 at 11:56
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You should fix the broken hardware ( clogged vent, dead fan, improperly seated heat sink ) so that it doesn't overheat in the first place. – psusi May 14 '12 at 15:41
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@Pacerier, if it is overheating, then by definition, something is broken. – psusi May 15 '12 at 13:36
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You can work around this by using Speedfan.

In the Speedfan configuration you can create Events to fire on specific triggers, e.g. on CPU temperature > 65°C. You can add a script to be executed when this event is triggered, so you could create a batch file which puts the computer to sleep/standby/hibernate before the "critical" temperature is reached where it auto shuts down.

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Btw does Windows 7 itself have any form of temperature protection settings? – Pacerier May 14 '12 at 8:54
    
Windows 7 does not come with a feature like this. If the Computer shuts down normally this would be due to some driver/software, if it simply turns of it is something at a lower level like the BIOS or the CPU itself turning off due to overheating – leepfrog May 14 '12 at 9:18

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