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Official Vaio Pro 13 Owners Lounge (SVP13 2013)

Discussion in 'Sony Owners' Lounge Forum' started by oled, Jun 5, 2013.

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If you had the option to choose between touch / non-touch with all its pros & cons, what model w

  1. non-touch

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  2. touch

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  3. no idea - you tell me what's good for me

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  1. doug_douggart

    doug_douggart Newbie

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    I haven't had any Wi-Fi issues and I've owned my svp1321 for about a year. The only "issue" I've had is the loud fan noise when charging and a few other occasions. I thought about switching to Linux Mint, but I'm not really sure if I want to.
     
  2. Beatwolf

    Beatwolf Notebook Enthusiast

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    Mine has now started to wake up from sleep when the lid is closed. This happens pretty quickly after closing the lid. So suddenly the fan is going berserk.. when i have it in a bag it's very hot (and loud) when I open it. Did anyone find a fix for this?
     
  3. Kain

    Kain Notebook Evangelist

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    Is there a way to back-up the recovery partition in case I want to completely wipe the SSD and do a clean install?
     
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    lip-sink Notebook Enthusiast

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    change the maintenance wake up settings in windows 8.1 from action center! happened to me too

    + check all tasks for wake ups in task scheduler from admin tools in ctrl panel just to be sure
     
  5. Brage

    Brage Newbie

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    Hello - and merry christmas to all!

    Just thought I'd post this while I remember, and since the problem has arosen in the past few days...

    My second battery (i.e. the battery sheet) won't charge for more than 30 %... Any idea why? Is it hardware related: is the battery broken? I don't think it's software related since I've checked all the battery management (care) options...

    Regards from Sweden.
     
  6. Velexas

    Velexas Newbie

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    Hello there,

    As a proud owner of an i7 Sony Vaio Pro - for me - the only "imperfection" worth noting is the inability to maintain fps steady during games. This is not a consequence of lack of hardware power but a consequence of bad heat dissipation (the lightest 13 incher must have some character, right? ahaha), as the temperatures increase and the fan becomes incapable of refreshing the system, the motherboard undervolts the CPU (and the GPU?) in order to decrease temperatures. This is what causes the "ups and downs" on the fps count during games. Am I right? Please correct me if I'm wrong. Regarding this issue, through tests, I've found that some games run better using these settings in Vaio Control Center: Power Plan set to Energy Saving and CPU and Fan set to Performance. Some games like Asphalt 8, max settings @1080p show a clear performance increase. However, I'd like to know what are your opinions (and user settings) regarding this issue. Also, how do you configure (if at all) the Intel HD Graphics utility when you want to play a game?

    Oh and what are your settings for your daily usage? I usually use my laptop with these settings: Energy Saving/Silence; Balanced/Silence or Balanced/Standard (the recommended setting). Thank you for your help!

    Merry Christmas and a happy 2015 to you all!
     
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  7. Denispotvinca

    Denispotvinca Newbie

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  8. Kain

    Kain Notebook Evangelist

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    Anyone have the webcam light randomly flash every now and then during a Skype video call?
     
  9. GabrielKnight

    GabrielKnight Notebook Enthusiast

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    After a few pints, I tried logging onto my machine via Bitlocker and put the wrong password in loads of times, causing it warn of 'too many pin attempts'.

    It turns out that too many wrong password attempts cause the TMP chip to 'lockout' for a certain amount of time, after which I can try again.

    Unfortunately, the amount of time it locks out depends on the manufacturer and model of the TPM chip and the advice is to check the algorithm with them.

    I believe it's a version 1.2 chip, but without being able to log into my Vaio Pro 13, I can't glean any more information.

    Would some kind soul be able to go into 'Devices' and check whether there's any more info in there for me please? Or if you already know something about the TPM or it's lockout policies?
     
  10. Gimel

    Gimel Newbie

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    I have my 13 Pro for a year now.
    In the last 2 weeks I started to get BSODs, and after some of them the computer won't boot. It fails to find the SSD (even in the BIOS screen), and it takes a few hard resets to get it working again.

    Worse part is I can't get it to be serviced because I don't live in the USA, and the warranty just expired.

    :(
     
  11. VANOSS

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    So guys, you've all heard about the windows 10 announcement, and the best news is that the update will come for free. Question is, how are we going to get our updates, knowing that Sony didn't support for the VAIO anymore? Or will the update be so streamlined and straight forward like typical windows update, that we don't need to worry for support from Sony?
     
  12. Kain

    Kain Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't think Sony has anything to do with the Windows 10 update/upgrade other than providing Windows 10 drivers. The Windows 10 upgrade will be directly from Microsoft. Hopefully we get Windows 10 drivers somehow.
     
  13. Beatwolf

    Beatwolf Notebook Enthusiast

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    Not that big of a change in the underlying system from win8 to 10, at least it seems that way. Pretty sure Win8 drivers will work, don't worry about it.
     
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    VANOSS Newbie

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    I hope you're right, considering the hassle of upgrading from windows 8 to 8.1
     
  15. manson

    manson Notebook Enthusiast

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    hello,
    could anyone help me finding vaio pro with i7 processor and windows 7 (could be 8.1 if not possible) and matte display?
    any anyone could say anything about intel hd 5000 inside in pros? its gives a graphic boots above from 4400?
    regards
     
  16. Gimel

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    Hello everyone,

    My Vaio 13 pro is misbehaving.
    It gets stuck with a black screen after returning from standby, and after a hard reset it doesn't find the SSD and fails to boot.
    It takes a couple of tries to get it running again, and it works great as long as I don't put it on standby.

    Anyone else has this problem?
     
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    I upgraded to Windows 10 with no issues. I wasn't brave enough to do a clean install (even though that's the better way to do it).
    Did anybody do a clean install and have driver issues?
     
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    AstralWonder Newbie

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    Hey guys. I've had my laptop for over a year and I was curious if I should replace my thermal paste yet.
    What temperatures are you guys getting with casual browsing? Here are my results:
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    *This is using HWMonitor

    60-65 degrees if I have a few tradingview charts and VLC media player videos open. 48 degrees Celsius is the lowest I can get if I have nothing open except HWMonitor.

    Is this too hot? Does anyone have cooler idle results?
     
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  19. dfernand

    dfernand Newbie

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    HERE IS A FIX FOR THE HORRIBLE BUZZ SAW / MODEL HELICOPTER BLADES fan noise problem which develops on some Sony Vaio Pro 13 models:



    BEFORE you read what I wrote below note that my own fix for the Vaio Pro 13 fan noise which suddenly appeared after 11 months of fan noise free usage refers to a youtube video made by Larry Blackledge , here is the link go watch it .. it puts my comments below into context and helps you fix the problem (video title on you tube is the following but don't worry for the fix I didn't replace or remove the existing troublesome fan:
    "Sony VAIO Pro13, svp132 fan replacement, case removal").



    I am surprised that owners of Vaio Pro 13's are getting this problem on day 1 as the fan should be in tip top condition.


    So my original youtube post starts:

    Many thanks for this kind sir, I was nervous about opening the laptop but I fixed the problem without replacing the fan (although for the future I ordered a fan as it seems to be the weakest link in this excellent laptop). Just as background I got my Sony Vaio Pro 13 around March 2014, it was the later version which didn't have the WiFi problem and I've never had any problems with fan noise or overheating until 2 days ago where the laptop launched into fan full speed with prolonged overheating on the underside and also with awful helicopter type buzzing noise which made the laptop almost unusable as this was a terrible distraction to others and myself. The noise would commence after starting the machine for 1 minute and then launching any application such as Skype or YouTube. I suspect that the problem was that the oil lubrication on the spindle of the fan had totally evaporated and the ball bearings were grinding, I typically used my laptop every day for an average of 2 hours and then left it on all night playing podcasts which I listened to (subconsciously mostly) for hours - this has been the pattern of usage for 11 or so months.

    So the steps I followed to fix the fan noise problem for my Sony Vaio Pro 13 were as follows:

    1) open the laptop as described in the video above being careful to not force anything as the plastic could snap, using one of those plastic levers used to open tablets is useful to have for this.
    2) you will see the troublesome fan, focus on the fan and not the copper heat sink and without removing the fan (don't remove the fan for my fix) you will notice that it has a black circular sticker attached to the main spindle, the sticker has a center circle cut out at the middle with a small silver/white spindle dead center of the black sticker cut out hole (it's around 5mm in diameter). Now I removed the sticker taking care not to damage it but looking back I suspect this may be UNNECESSARY. Then I doused a COTTON SWAB with oil lubricant (I used U.K. WD-40(tm) although again I'm not sure if that was the ideal chemical to use), so you can use an oil soaked cotton swab or say instead a kitchen towel twisted to form a fine tip with oil on the end. REMEMBER you want the cotton swab to be wet with oil but not DRIPPING as it may drip the lubricating oil onto other components and you don't want that as damage may occur due to this.

    3) With the cotton swab wet with lubricating oil simply gently circle the silver spindle in the middle of the black sticker ensuring that a modicum of oil enters the spindle. REMEMBER we don't want to saturate the spindle with OIL just a small SMEAR will do.
    I smeared light amounts of lubricating oil under the sticker area but I think that is not needed. Also if you DID decide to remove the sticker remember that there are copper coils beneath the sticker now exposed, there is no need to oil those so don't do it ! If you did decide to remove the sticker put it back exactly as you found it, I used a small about of Pritt Stick(tm) to do this and it worked fine - make sure it is secure though you don't want that sticker peeling off and falling onto the components whilst your machine is on.

    4) re-attach the underside of the Sony Vaio Pro 13 carefully as shown in the video above being mindful that the side with the ports USB/audio jack should be tackled first as this is like the main hinge (of the oyster clam!). The audio jack is notoriously difficult to slot into place but as a useful tip, simply plug in your head phones into the audio jack on your Vaio Pro 13 and then GENTLY pull down on the plugged in audio connector to slot it back into place. Then replace the screws and the rubber 'feet' of the laptop as stated in the video and VOILA !!! you have a (FAN) SILENT AND COOL SONY VAIO PRO 13, mine has been playing 4K Youtube videos for 5 hours straight and the fan is silent, you can't hear a thing.

    Side Notes: To be honest I was surprised at the results, it's almost as if the controller for the fan doesn't start if it detects resistance due to lack of lubricant on the spindle for the Panasonic fan and then doesn't kick in until it's panic time and the CPU is at 65 to 70 degrees Celsius and then the fan is like a buzz saw / helicopter rotary blade on full steam ahead with the underside of the laptop uncomfortably hot. I'm glad this fixed it as I didn't want to make modifications to any driver configs (there are tools to do this) or go on a hunt for a troublesome app that was causing this or do a factory reset to see if it was a software problem. If your Sony Vaio Pro 13 is still under warranty and you have time then I recommend that you return it to Sony instead of following my instructions or if you are worried about taking damaging your laptop, call up Sony and ask how much it would cost to repair your unit - I'm not sure if they still do fixes for out of warranty laptops though as they sold their Vaio business last year...
     

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