Sony Warns Of Laptop Overheating Risk

July 1, 2010 8:34am CST
Sony had just announced that as much as half a million of their Vaio laptops sold recently will be affected by a bug in their laptop's software that will cause its laptop to overheat. In a statement, Sony said that there have been 39 overheating cases in total, all outside Japan. Some of these have resulted in damage to computer bodies, but no burn injuries have been reported. It is believed that Sony's F and C series Vaio PCs made in January this year and some custom-made models from the same series have been affected and that the overheating is caused by a bug in the bios (basic input output system) software which provides the basic functionality for the machine, rather than the Windows operating system which runs on top of it. Sony says that people should either apply the update themselves, or take the affected machines to a Sony repair center to let them do it for you. Sony Troubleshoot Website: Ref:
2 responses
@malihat (216)
8 Jul 10
That's terrible, but in my experience every laptop will overheat after you've had it for a while. However, if brand new laptops are overheating then that is a shame.
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• Singapore
9 Jul 10
malihat, Overheating is really rare even for used laptops however, as you can see here, there is nothing wrong with the hardware - just a calibration issue with the algorithm for the BIOS. Users just need to choose to either fix the problem here themselves or bring it into SONY's authorized service center. I suppose this is just another hitch where things could be fixed and if your friend or you are one of these VAIO user(s) then please do the necessary.
@incus99 (1086)
• Philippines
1 Jul 10
that's terrible news.. is it to discourage us from buying a vaio laptop.. whatever the purpose I'm not buying one in the future.. I'm a fan of HP laptops anyway.
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• Singapore
1 Jul 10
incus99, It is not as dreadful as you have thought here. It is just the BIOS firmware that needs to be updated either at Sony's official website (above) or simply bring the set to any authorized and official service centers where it can be done for you. Have a nice day.