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Sony recalls 535,000 overhating VAIO laptops

Posted on Wednesday, June 30 2010 @ 19:31:41 CEST by

Sony issued a recall of 535,000 VAIO F-series and C-series laptops, because a temperature-control defect could in some cases lead to laptops that get so hot that the cases will bend and warp. It appears to be a software issues though, if you're tech savvy it's not necessary to send in your laptop because the problem can be solved by upgrading your BIOS firmware.
The F-series and C-Series Vaios have been sold into various markets around the world: Japan, Asia, Europe and the US, although so far Sony has only received 39 reports of overheating problems, says the Wall Street Journal.

Pretty much any modern notebook gets to hot to be called a laptop, but the “temperature-control defect” in affected machines is letting them get hot enough to “cause skin burns.”

Oddly, despite the recall, this appears to be a software issue which can be fixed with a download. According to Hiroyuki Kachi of the WSJ, a simple software fix will take care of everything, but for those not willing to do it themselves, Sony will arrange pickup for affected units.
Source: Wired



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