I have a Dell Inspiron 2600 laptop, and suddenly the battery is not charging at all. The power options module recognises the battery, and says
Battery name: 42011
Unique ID: 01466SANYO 42011
Power state: On Line, Charging
Current power source: AC power
Total battery power remaining: 0% (charging)
So - I know that the battery is getting older - about 4 yrs and I have been babying it by mainly using it on AC power. Still it always had SOME battery ability. From reading other battery-related questions, I guess it might have died - but is it sudden like that?
One other thing, about 2 weeks ago, the fan stopped working, and when I took the computer into the shop, they said it was the power module - so am also thinking they might have done something. I opened the chassis and looked around, but didn't see anything obviously disconnected.
I'd get a new battery to try, but since I am overseas (Chile) at the moment, the availability and cost is prohibitive. I reallly don't want to buy a battery and find out the issue is something else... It works fine on AC, but when I take it to the airport to come home, I will need to be able to turn it on for the security checkpoint.
Other things - just reinstalled WinXP Home, and upgraded the BIOS - which made no change to this situation. There is no light or tester on the battery itself to tell me if it's dead or not.