Laptops

Do you know that you can be injured by your overheating laptop? You probably don‘t, but that is why Sony is recalling over 500,000of its most popular laptops. The laptops are said to be in danger of overheating and can burn users.
According to a statement on the company‘s website and signed by its Senior Vice President, VAIO, Mr. Mike Lucas, the VPCF11 and VPCCW2 series of Vaio brand laptops were affected by the fault.
The statement reads, ”Sony takes pride in the quality of its products. Recently, we became aware of a potential issue affecting certain units within the VPCF11 and VPCCW2 series of notebook PCs.
”In rare instances, these notebook computers may overheat due to a potential malfunction of the internal temperature management system, resulting in deformation of the product‘s keyboard or external casing, and a potential burn hazard to consumers.”
The discovery forced the company to recall the affected laptops. The gadgets were purchased between January, 2010 and April, 2010. Around 260,000 laptops in the United States, 103,000 in Europe, 120,000 in South East Asia and 52,000 in Japan need to be fixed.
No such case has been reported in Africa, and by extension Nigeria, but is not impossible that some of the affected laptops may have been bought in Europe and brought into Nigeria.
Sony, however, said no injuries had been reported so far but it had received a total of 39 problem reports, including 26 in the US, with users complaining about the heat and distortion of the shape of their computers.
The overheating could occur when a user plugs in an adapter to charge when a battery in the laptop is nearly used up, Sony said.
Sony is offering users a software application download designed to fix the flaw, and has notified registered users by email of the service. The company has provided software on its website to update the laptops‘ firmware which it claims should solve the problem.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency charged with overseeing product safety in the US, has advised users to stop using the recalled products immediately until they had updated their computer.
Editor of PC Pro magazine, Tim Danton told the British Broadcasting Corporation, ”Laptops are particularly susceptible to overheating; hardly surprising when you are cramming so much hot running hardware into such a small space.”
This is the third time that Sony has been forced to recall some of its Vaio laptops. In 2008 the firm recalled 440,000 VAIO units after a flaw with the circuit board left a number of customers with minor burns. Earlier in 2006 the company was forced to issue a recall for 90,000 battery packs sold in Japan and China.
To prevent your computer from overheating, the heat inside needs to be dissipated. The cooling system of your computer is one of the most important features of the device. Without the cooling system, the electrical components of your computer wouldn‘t be able to function; overheating would damage the integral parts of your computer mechanism. So the heat has to be dissipated in order to keep everything working within safe operating temperatures, Ms. Eric Ho in an article on how to prevent computers from overheating published on www.lifehacker.com.
If your computer is overheating, resist the urge to take the side of the case off the computer. It‘s a rookie mistake that will often make the problem worse. ”Because most computers are very carefully designed to ensure that cool air is delivered to critical components, said Ho, removing the side of the case disrupts the circulation (convection) system.
Instead, she advised, shut down the computer and let it cool down. From then on, you can plan a course of action that involves doing some cleaning if necessary, potentially upgrading your basic input-output system (check your motherboard‘s manual or web site for details), or planning some system-cooling upgrades if necessary.
If your computer is clean, your BIOS is up to date, and you‘re still having temperature problems, crack open your computer and check for damaged fans and heat sinks. Check for cracks, missing pieces, and make sure all the push pins are secure and all the appropriate fans are running. Secure and/or replace any loose or damaged cables.
If you find you‘ve got broken fans or a damaged heatsink, you can buy and install new cooling hardware for relatively cheap, and finding a highly rated, compatible fan or heatsink on a site like Newegg can potentially go a long ways toward keeping your computer cooler.
If you‘re not comfortable cracking open your computer and installing new parts, this is the point that you may want to consider finding some professional help.
The latest Sony VAIO overheating problem is, however, a special case. If you are affected, the company said it can be fixed with a BIOS firmware update available on its website.

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