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My Sony Vaio VPCEA laptop is out of order, out of warranty and after a month of fuming I figured out this was something I should do, not to take it out on a giant such as Sony on my turf, but to save another cash-strapped Indian college teacher from similar harassment, if possible.
ONE solid reason why you should NEVER buy a SONY VAIO Laptop
I can give you ONE solid reason why you should never consider buying one of these tinsel machines, in spite of the plushy Kareena-Kapoor ads. Instead, you should realise that these laptops are meant for the gen-Y Indian female some of whom grace our classrooms, texting, smiling and insolently chewing gum. Laptops, for these brats, are colour-matched accessories to be discarded after six months. Poor professors, loving your good old faithful Toshiba laptop for eight years, you belong to another world.
And you should understand that.
Sony has made a complete mess by creating an unholy software-hardware nexus such as the ISBMgr.exe. This is a pre-installed program in a Vaio laptop, worse than a deadly virus. Its job is to detect whether you are using a costly original battery from Sony or not. This is so dumb that it detects original batteries as “not compatible” and starts plaguing you with ghostly shutdowns.
My new Sony Vaio VPCEA laptop started giving trouble after seven-eight months. There were sudden shutdowns and capricious booting. I went to the Sony authorized service center in Siliguri, West Bengal four times. They temporarily solved the shutdown problem which was back in a week or two. Last time they delivered after warranty lapse. Next day my laptop would not start, showing a dialogue box that “The installed battery may not be properly connected or is not compatible with this computer.” Though you can kill the ISBMgr.exe process through registry edit, the laptop refuses to use power from the battery. This is like your body refusing an Orang-outan’s testicles during a surgery. There is no reason or rhyme behind this refusal.
Just type “SONY VAIO BATTERY PROBLEM” in the Google search bar. You’ll be appalled to see how many people are suffering from it.
So I used BT (Bengal Technology). Instead of throwing away the laptop in sheer desperation I removed the batteries and plugged in the adapter to a point backed by a home UPS. I am now using my laptop as a desktop, without batteries. On second thought, it seemed that Sony actually wished the machine to transcend the laptop/desktop binary.
If you thought Japanese stuff are sturdy and honest, Sony is a multinational company, not Japanese.
NEVER buy a Sony laptop.