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Sony Vaio F

Sony Vaio laptops are HOT... hot enough to burn you and warp. Sony believes it can fix that problem with a simple BIOS update.
Sony to recall over 500,000 notebooks worldwide

Apple is one company that's known for its slick tightly packaged hardware.  Another company that can stake a claim to that niche is Sony.  Perhaps coincidentally both companies have suffered from some serious overheating issues in recent years.

We reportedly that the recent refresh to the MacBook Pro lineup spiked temperatures up over 100 degrees Celsius.  Now rival Sony's F- and C-Series Vaio laptops are experiencing a "temperature-control defect", which is causing some of its laptops to get hot enough to "cause skin burns."

Alarmingly, the heat is reportedly so extreme that it can actually warp the shape of the laptop, according to Sony.

Sony is recalling 535,000 units sold since January 2010.  That recall breaks down to 259,000 laptops in the U.S., 103,000 in Europe, 120,000 in Asia and 52,000 in Japan.  Sony, based out of Japan says that within Japan it hasn't had any overheating reports, but has received 39 complaints within the U.S. and elsewhere.

The company has set up a page to tell you if you're affected based on your serial number found on your barcode.  If it is, you can participate in the recall by downloading a firmware update from Sony.  It's unclear whether this BIOS update merely clocks down and/or undervolts the processor, or how exactly it accomplishes its cooler operations.

If your Sony Vaio laptop has been damaged by overheating, you should contact Sony for a replacement.

The bad news comes amid a happy fiscal year for Sony which sees the company finally looking to return to profitability.  The company's gaming and TV business units have struggled over the past couple years, but are finally picking up.

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Ahh so...
By Anoxanmore on 6/30/2010 1:19:10 PM , Rating: 4
The difference between Sony and Apple:

Sony: If your laptop is super hot, return it or download the fix.

Apple: It is meant to keep you warm at night. Cradle it like you do your lover.

RE: Ahh so...
By nafhan on 6/30/2010 3:40:35 PM , Rating: 5
Actually, Apple's response would be: "You're holding it wrong!"

RE: Ahh so...
By ClownPuncher on 6/30/2010 3:42:43 PM , Rating: 5
Or, "Your balls are inferior, which is why they melted"

RE: Ahh so...
By jonmcc33 on 7/1/2010 12:09:30 AM , Rating: 3
Download the fix? You mean the BIOS update that cranks your system fan. So instead of a hot laptop you have a noisy one. :-\

RE: Ahh so...
By tastyratz on 7/1/2010 10:18:56 AM , Rating: 2
Well if your latch was inferior you don't think they would redesign and fix it do you? Here have this official sony chewing gum "adhesive"

So... Nvidia
By Saist on 6/30/2010 3:51:18 PM , Rating: 5
So, looking at the models, these are all Nvidia based notebooks. Why am I not surprised.

RE: So... Nvidia
By LordSojar on 7/1/2010 2:18:34 AM , Rating: 2
You are aware that nVidia's notebook solutions (300 series) run quite cool, right? ATi is the new mobile heat king. Desktops != laptops. nVidia's recent mobile tech (excluding the new 480M which really can't be considered a mobile solution, more of a desktop replacement...) run very cool, and are very well optimized. In reality, it's mainly the CoreiX family that run incredibly hot. Know facts before you post bias tripe.

RE: So... Nvidia
By spread on 7/1/2010 8:25:21 AM , Rating: 4
Yes the nVidia 300 series run very cool because they have weak performance.

This is like saying that Intel Graphics are better than ATi because they run cooler!

RE: So... Nvidia
By LordSojar on 7/2/2010 11:20:21 AM , Rating: 3
Actually, it's not like saying that at all. Intel's IGPs can barely accelerate 1080p video. And in addition, the 300 series aren't weak when compared to their ATi brethren.

You might want to fact check prior to posting. The only ATi mobile solutions that pull ahead of the 310-335 mobile solution (which is what is considered mobile, not desktop replacement) are the new 55xx/56xx/5730 chips, and they are more power hungry and produce more heat than their nVidia counterparts. The story does a 180 when you look at mobile. ATi is weak in the mobile arena, and strong in the desktop arena.

"F and C series"
By mattclary on 6/30/2010 1:27:09 PM , Rating: 5
Affectionately known as "Fahrenheit" and "Celsius".

RE: "F and C series"
By Spivonious on 6/30/2010 2:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
It would be funny if they had an F-451 model.

RE: "F and C series"
By RU482 on 6/30/2010 2:00:57 PM , Rating: 2
I chuckled a bit when I saw that in the article

RE: "F and C series"
By Smartless on 6/30/2010 2:28:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sony F Series Laptops - Frying your genitals since 1999.

Hmm guess that catch phrase may not sell. I remember when laptop meant you can use this computer on your lap. For me to do that nowadays I feel like Officer Nordberg from Naked Gun. Need my cooling pad, mouse surface for bluetooth mice, 3G card for internet, external drive for large file work, earphones....etc. I should just stay home.

By brshoemak on 6/30/2010 1:45:45 PM , Rating: 2
I misread that title and was thinking, how hot does it get that it can actually warp skin? What does that even mean?

Am I stupid or what? (yes or no is an appropriate answer, either fits)

RE: Misread
By misuspita on 6/30/2010 2:09:40 PM , Rating: 1
It warps the plastic it's made of, it burns the skin. Notice the (,)

RE: Misread
By hughlle on 6/30/2010 2:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
even with the comma it is not clear.

iot should state something along the lines of "hot enough to warp, and also to burn skin"

or such, but even then it should be stated that it warps plastic. just a poorly worded title.

but yes, warp skin, that would be silly haha

RE: Misread
By torpor on 7/1/2010 10:32:07 AM , Rating: 2
The subject of the sentence is "laptops".
The object of the sentence is "skin".
Therefore, the verbs "warp" and "burn" refer to the object, which is "skin".
The comma seperates elements in a list; it does not establish a subordinate clause.

You damn kids need to learn how to diagram a sentence.

Now get off my lawn.

RE: Misread
By leexgx on 6/30/2010 2:34:48 PM , Rating: 2
seems clear to me

RE: Misread
By VenomSymbiote on 6/30/2010 4:00:01 PM , Rating: 2
My thoughts were more along the line of "that couldn't POSSIBLY be what he meant, but just in case I'm wrong, I'll check..."

I think the confusion sets in because headlines usually use a comma to replace the word "and".

Cheap dollars
By Spind on 7/1/2010 4:21:21 AM , Rating: 2
day by day we see more and more companies spending cheap dollars on testing.
I dont think these are hard-to-find defects in the lab.

RE: Cheap dollars
By Zoomer on 7/3/2010 12:31:54 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it can be due to dumb users as well. Wrapping the laptop with a blanket while on is probably a really bad idea.

Oh how sad...
By LordSojar on 6/30/2010 2:02:57 PM , Rating: 3
The difference between Sony and Apple: Sony: If your laptop is super hot, return it or download the fix. Apple: It is meant to keep you warm at night. Cradle it like you do your lover.

How correct you are... Apple is pathetic. It's sad that people hate on Sony and yet put Apple up on some (undeserved) pedestal.

By Lerianis on 7/1/2010 12:16:13 AM , Rating: 2
They had this same problem, where the graphics chip would get SO HOT, the system would do a 'black screen' and actually fitz out and become unresponsive.

These notebook manufacturers need to realize that scaled down versions of desktop graphics are TOO DAMNED HOT to put into laptops.

They need a special made mobile version that doesn't give off all that energy as heat. Sure, it might be slower than the scaled down desktop version, but between that and losing data or game time due to overheating, I'll take the thing being slower, as long as they are honest about it.

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