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It appears that Sony has made a big boo-boo according to the company's website. A notice was found that states four models of their S-series Vaio computers have a severe defect. The systems can possibly have two different problems: either they will randomly shut down or fail to boot completely. The affected models are:

VGN-S16GP/LP/TP
VGN-S18GP/LP/TP
VGN-S26GP/LP/TP
VGN-S28GP/LP/TP


If your computer happens to be one of these models, you should contact a Vaio service center immediately. Sony will be extending the limited warranty on the affected motherboard up to 24 months, along with replacing it free.

Sony Vaio S-Series have some problems [blog.PCNews]