Thursday, January 24, 2013

How To Solve High Noise In Sony Vaio Laptops

Most Sony Vaio systems are pleasant and aesthetic. They come with well polished cases of glossy-looking finished works. That is one of the first things to notice about the products.  Apart from that they usually come with good quality features and well equipped more often than average systems out there for corporate uses.

Image of Sony Vaio VPC Series

The major problem with them is *whizzing fan noise that disturbs when they multi-process information or  pressure to run  high GPU games, even at times they make much noise when they are not doing much works. 

This fan noise can be reduced to barest minimum by anticipating some minor changes.  You'll have to notice the noise often times before taking any action to apply these changes.

Before you go about the minor changes know that it is healthy for Sony Vaio system fans to make noise, but when they make noise often times than normal then it is not normal. There are rare cases of bad fan with loose spin which you might be required to purchase new one for a replacement.

The following step-by-step process will help in minimizing the disturbing noise.

Note: Before proceeding with this process it is required of you to have much idea about system hardware. If not, kindly take the system to your Sony Vaio Costumer  Care Center and explain this process to them.

Image of set of  laptop screwdrivers

STEP 1:  Have the right set of screwdrivers available. 

Image showing screw holes at the back of Sony Vaio laptop

STEP 2:  Unscrew the system carefully. Start by removing all screws at the back. Remove the ones for the hard disk drive and remove the battery from it compartment or bay.

Image of Sony Vaio fan and cable

STEP 3:  Now carefully remove all the connecting cables and screws for the fan, the micro-processor, etc. Turn the processor bay lock left to unlock it and lift the complete heat-sink with fan and micro-processor.

Image of Sony Vaio with arrow pointing to fan vent

STEP 4: Dust the fan (make sure it is free of all debris). Brush the vents with soft bristles.

Image of separated micro-processor from the heat-sink

STEP 5:  Carefully separate the processor from the heat-sink. It is held by the thermal paste to the heat-sink.

Image of scraped heat-sink and micro-processor

STEP 6:   Scrape the thermal paste off the surface of the micro-processor and the heat-sink carefully.

Image of how to apply thermal paste on micro-processor 

STEP 7:  Apply a fresh thermal paste to the scraped micro-processor from where you scraped off the old one.

Image of how to place micro-processor back into its bay

STEP 8:  Attentively place the micro-processor back into its bay and turn the lock clockwise to lock it. 

Image of heat-sink replaced 

STEP 9:  Place the heat-sink(glued to the fan) right at the top of the micro-processor and screw it.

Image of placing back the back-casing.

STEP 10:  Cover it back and  place the screws at their appropriate holes. Make sure they are tightened (not extremely tightened). 

STEP 11:  Start your system  and the noise will become normal.

* The reason why some new Sony Vaio systems make much noise is due to the old nature of the thermal paste or has hardened loosing its cooling effect after long time in stock.