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Sony admit NVIDIA GPU fault in multiple VAIO notebooks

Sony admit NVIDIA GPU fault in multiple VAIO notebooks

Sony have admitted that certain models of VAIO notebook may be affected by the notorious NVIDIA "bump" material issue, which can see the GPU overheat and eventually break completely.  The nine model types on Sony's list join the existing roll-call of faulty notebooks, which includes machines from Apple, HP and Dell.  In response, Sony are offering free repairs for affected VAIOs, and to extend the standard warranty (on the GPU alone) from the regular 12 months to four years in total.

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Sony VAIO virtualization block means most can’t run Windows 7 XP Mode

Windows 7's XP Mode was billed as a way for upgrade-shy enterprise users to make the jump to Microsoft's new OS without losing access to their prized legacy apps.  Unfortunately, if you've kitted out your workforce with shiny Sony notebooks it's not something you'll be able to take advantage of; Sony have confirmed that their current VAIO range do not support the Intel Virtual Technology (VT) necessary for XP Mode to function.

Sony touchscreen VAIOs planned for Windows 7; PlayStation Network integration

Sony touchscreen VAIOs planned for Windows 7; PlayStation Network integration

Sony are planning VAIO computers with touch capabilities once Windows 7 launches, potentially taking advantage of casual gaming, streaming and downloadable movies and TV content from the PlayStation Network.  Speaking in an interview with LaptopMag, Sony's senior VP of the Information Technology Products Division, Mike Abary confirmed that the company find the touch functionality in Windows 7 "compelling" and that they would be looking to adopt some of those technologies in their upcoming PC ranges.

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Sony VAIO W comparison photoshoot with VAIO P and TT

Sony VAIO W comparison photoshoot with VAIO P and TT

Torn between Sony's netbooks?  Can't decide whether to bankrupt yourself with the VAIO P or rein yourself in for the slightly more affordable VAIO W?  If you're still trying to decide, then you may be interested to see how the two Sony ultraportables match up in terms of size, and Japanese site ITmedia have you covered with their latest photoset.

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Sony VAIO P “mark 2” coming October: faster boot promised

Sony are reportedly preparing their second-generation VAIO P netbook for a launch in October or November this year, with a key fix being boot-time for the unusually-shaped ultraportable.  Speaking at the launch of their latest, more mainstream netbook, the VAIO W, a Sony representative told TechRadar that the "mark 2" VAIO P has been greenlighted due to sales success of the original model.

Sony VAIO P $106 WiMAX option hits Japan July 30th

It looks like bandwidth-loving Japanese buyers will be able to pick up Sony's VAIO P WiMAX edition from the end of July, according to an advert over at the company's customization site.  First announced back in June, the WiMAX VAIO P will be available for pre-order from July 27th, with availability expected just three days later.

Sony VAIO W: mainstream 10-inch netbook, typical Sony price [Updated]

Sony VAIO W: mainstream 10-inch netbook, typical Sony price [Updated]

Sony's VAIO P was never the netbook many people expected it to be - its unusual screen aspect, stand-out form-factor and high sticker price meant it never quite competed with the regular Atom N270 netbook crowd - so the company is back with a far more mainstream alternative.  The Sony VAIO W is an "internet book" with a 10.1-inch screen and Intel's typical N270 1.6GHz processor.

Update: It's official for the US; more details after the cut

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Sony VAIO P gets 1.6GHz 128GB SSD update for US; where’s my Z550?

After months of complaint from US would-be VAIO P buyers, Sony has apparently relented and added a new, faster processor option to their "don't call it a netbook" ultraportable.  The VAIO P VGN-P698E gets Intel's 1.60GHz Intel Atom processor, likely the Z530, together with a 128GB SSD and the usual integrated Verizon EVDO Rev.A and GPS.

Sharp NJ70A versus Sony VAIO P video boot race

Sharp NJ70A versus Sony VAIO P video boot race

It's Monday morning, so what better way to start the day than with two netbooks most people can't officially buy.  Sharp's Mebius NJ70A is one such device, complete with a touchscreen display in place of a traditional trackpad and Intel's Atom N270 CPU, while the 1.86GHz Sony VAIO P25G has the faster Atom Z540 processor currently unavailable through official channels in the US.  After the cut there's a boot race video, plus more details on that surprisingly clever touchscreen.

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Sony VAIO NW: 15.5-inch Blu-ray notebook from $880

Sony VAIO NW: 15.5-inch Blu-ray notebook from $880

Sony have announced a new VAIO laptop, the NW-series, packing a 15.5-inch WXGA XBRITE display, 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 processor and an optional Blu-ray drive.  The Sony VAIO NW is also being priced competitively: the standard model is $800, while adding Blu-ray to that is just $80 more.

 

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Sony reveal WiMAX VAIO P and VAIO Z ultraportables

Sony reveal WiMAX VAIO P and VAIO Z ultraportables

Sony Japan have announced that they are working on WiMAX enabled versions of their VAIO Z ultraportable and VAIO P netbook.  Expected to land in Japan before the end of this month, the notebooks will take advantage of Intel and UQ Communications plans to blanket the country with WiMAX access.

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Sony VAIO UX390 UMPC gets OS X 10.5.7 [Video]

Sony VAIO UX390 UMPC gets OS X 10.5.7 [Video]

Hackintosh netbooks are nothing new, these days, and so the more extreme OS X tweakers move on to more esoteric hardware.  We've already seen Sony's VAIO UX-series UMPC running Apple's OS, but Micro PC Talk user perrin21 has a particularly slick setup: a subtly modified Sony VAIO UX 390 running OS X 10.5.7 as though it just stepped off a Cupertino production line.

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