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Sony warns of overheating in some Vaio laptops

Sony issues BIOS update to control temperature
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Sony has admitted that some of its Vaio series of laptops are at risk of overheating.

The Japanese electronic manufacturer issued a BIOS update yesterday following complaints from 39 Vaio users worldwide that the plastic shells of their laptops were beginning to warp.

BIOS firmware is the part of the computer that governs the interaction between the operating system and the PC’s hardware, and can control the unit’s temperature.

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In a posting on its website yesterday, Sony confirmed that there was a problem with its Vaio F and CW2 series laptops.

It said: ‘Recently, we became aware of a potential issue affecting certain notebooks within the Vaio VPCF11- and VPCCW2-series, available on the market in Europe since January 2010.

‘In rare cases, these notebook computers can overheat due to a potential malfunction of the internal temperature management system.’

What should Sony Vaio laptop users do? 

Sony said users of its Vaio notebooks with model name VPCF11 or VPCCW2 should download and install a BIOS firmware update specifically designed to prevent the potential overheating. 

It apologised for any inconvenience the issue had caused its customers.

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