How to Troubleshoot Battery Issues for the Sony Vaio

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How to Troubleshoot Battery Issues for the Sony Vaio
Sony Vaio notebooks can be powered by Sony lithium battery packs. (laptop notebook image by Lario Tus from

A Vaio is a notebook manufactured by Sony. The computer can be powered by electricity or a battery pack. Sony Vaio laptops should only use lithium battery packs manufactured by Sony. If the battery pack loses it's efficiency and won't hold a charge for an extended period of time, or won't charge at all, troubleshoot the battery to identify the problem. It is likely that the battery is dead or dying and will need to be replaced.

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Things you need

  • Sony Vaio power adaptor
  • Alcohol wipe or cotton swab
  • Rubbing alcohol

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  1. 1

    Power the Sony Vaio notebook off. Remove the power adaptor by gently pulling the jack from the side of the notebook.

  2. 2

    Locate the battery pack on the bottom of the notebook and slide the locking mechanism to the right. While holding the locking mechanism in place with one hand, lift up on the battery pack with your other hand for removal. Release the locking mechanism.

  3. 3

    Plug the power adaptor jack into the power adaptor outlet on the side of the Sony Vaio notebook. Ensure the power adaptor is plugged into a working power outlet. Turn the notebook on. If the notebook powers on, the power adaptor is working properly. If the notebook does not power on, the power adaptor is not working properly and should be replaced. A power adaptor provides power to the notebook and charges the battery pack. If it's working incorrectly, the battery pack will not charge. Remove the power adaptor from the notebook.

  4. 4

    Examine the Sony battery pack. Look for signs of damage such as corrosion, dings and dents. If there is any damage, replaced the battery. Examine the contacts on the battery and in the battery bay. Look for dents, dings, corrosion or blackened burn marks. If there is any damage on the battery contacts, replace the battery. If there is any damage on the battery bay contacts, a professional will need to fix and replace the contacts. If the contacts appear dirty, gently wipe them down with an alcohol wipe or a cotton swab dampened in rubbing alcohol.

  5. 5

    Reinstall the battery by pressing it firmly into the battery bay. Plug the power adaptor into the Sony Vaio notebook and allow the battery to charge for six hours.

  6. 6

    Remove the power adaptor. Power on the Sony Vaio notebook. If the laptop does not turn on, or does not power the laptop for longer than an hour, the battery is dead or dying and should be replaced.

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