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Dell Inspiron 2600 battery not charging

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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 status

Battery name: 42011
Unique ID: 01466SANYO 42011
Chemistry: LION
Power state: On Line, Charging
Manufacturer: SANYO

Power status

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.
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