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Registered: ‎10-10-2013
Message 11 of 18 (5,297 Views)

Re: Sony Vaio VPCSA3SGX - Very Loud Fan??

Hmmmm... Usually laptop fans tend to be annoying if they are either hot/very hot or the BIOS is kinda confused and needs an update. I think the former applies to this issue. Here, try using this link as a refrence - Laptop Fan. You might find something useful in that link specially software that you can use. Lemme know how it goes. Thanks!

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Message 12 of 18 (5,297 Views)

Re: Sony Vaio VPCSA3SGX - Very Loud Fan??

Oh, you might also find this useful as most users give this a shot before anything else -Laptop Fan 2 Since the general rule is "Hardware first, software comes after". 

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Registered: ‎01-31-2013
Message 13 of 18 (5,243 Views)

Re: Sony Vaio VPCSA3SGX - Very Loud Fan??

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OK, so I decided to open my Vaio today to look to see if dust was my problem..

 

Unfortunately, it was not the problem. I have never seen a fan so clean but then I suspected that it would not have gathered much dust as I usually always use it on a desk.

 

Anyway, I decided to take the fan and heatsink off to check if it had excess compound around the CPU and graphics chips and they did both seem to have excessive amounts.

 

I cleaned the old stuff off using ArctiClean and then I applied Arctic Silver 5 compound to both heatsinks.

 

After I re-assembled and booted up I do believe this has helped a good bit but if I'm honest this is not the full solution either.

 

Now when I run Oracle VM VirtualBox the results in Speccy are reading the CPU and Motherboard at approx 72c instead of approx 89c before I applied the new Arctic Silver 5 compound.

 

It still does sound slightly better for normal use but I reckon this laptop is just a faulty one or this particualr model is just a really bad design and leads to over heating... Perhaps with it being so compact would lead to higher than normal temperatures but I think any CPU or motherboard reaching near 90c is going to have a very short lifespan...

 

Again, unfortunately I am no further to any solution to this excessive fan noise in this laptop. I think the fan is coming on as it should be though as it looks from the reading from Speccy that this thing is over heating in a big way. Perhaps a CPU/motherboard hitting 90c is not so alarming any longer?

 

Anyway, anyone with any further hints/tips/solutions then please send them my way. A new BIOS update perhaps would be nice!!

 

Cheers,

mcquaim

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Message 14 of 18 (5,232 Views)

Re: Sony Vaio VPCSA3SGX - Very Loud Fan??

Hi mcquaim,

 

Since you have tried everything, what we can advise you is to have this unit further evaluated in the repair facility. In that way we can determine if this is a hardware issue. Thanks!

 

 

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Message 15 of 18 (5,225 Views)

Re: Sony Vaio VPCSA3SGX - Very Loud Fan??

Yeah, I think it is the only solution!

As I am no longer in the USA I'm no longer covered under warranty and the quote to even look at the laptop without any repairs was quite high so I was reluctant to go down this route until I tried almost every other avenue..

I guess now though I have no other option available to me!
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Message 16 of 18 (924 Views)

Re: Sony Vaio VPCSA3SGX - Very Loud Fan??

Hi folks,

I know it's been a long time since I last posted but my situation is the same, possibly worse..

I never got the laptop repaired under warranty and Sony Europe washed their hands of the issues.

They directed me to a repair crowd in Dublin who where complete cowboys and they made it worse..

I decided to buy a new motherboard as I figured it was the CPU, GPU or something else on the motherboard that was gone...

I installed the new motherboard today and it's exactly the same, running really hot all the time...

So, as the CPU and GPU are built into the motherboard what else could cause the overheating?

Surely I couldn't be unlucky and bought another faulty motherboard?

Cheers,
Mac
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Message 17 of 18 (830 Views)

Re: Sony Vaio VPCSA3SGX - Very Loud Fan??

Hi Mcquaim,

 

We're sad to hear that your attempt to fix your laptop failed. We strongly suggest that visiting our Sony Global Web site for information on contacting the Sony Support Center in your region at http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/Support/ to assist you with this issue. 

 

Regards,

Jen

 

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Message 18 of 18 (826 Views)

Re: Sony Vaio VPCSA3SGX - Very Loud Fan??

Hi Jen,

Well, I did contact Sony Ireland and they've washed their hands of the question.

I was sent to a authorised Sony repair centre in Dublin that were absolutely terrible and it cost me €118 for them to make it worse than it was...

I got back to them again and I was put forward to a UK authorised repair centre and they said that it would need to be sent in for assessment but that the repair would cost £400-500 as its was more than likely the motherboard..

Needless to say i thought that was a ripoff so I looked to source the motherboard myself which I managed to do so for half the price..

Now, either the replacement board is faulty also or something else is wrong like rubbish bios software is causing serious issues...

The bios on this machine hasn't been updated by Sony since 2012 so it could be just plain bad bios that's never been looked at since as this model was discontinued very quickly after being rolled out. I think Sony realised the created a piece of junk and pulled the pin on production quickly...

Anyway, I've since tried to boot up without the extra stick of RAM in case it was faulty but that's not the case..

So, what else could be the cause.. Why would a motherboard be overheating so badly?

Thanks,
Mac

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