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Laptop has multiple beeps and power issues

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I have a Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop running XP Home, with 512 MB ram.   When it boots through post, I get about 5-10 quick beeps and the LED light flashes with the beeps,.  Then I go into setup and see the Battery health is no longer good and it needs a new battery.  Then I boot it up and the AC/Battery icon keeps flashing back and forth that the battery is charging and then it isn't.   If I take the battery out, the computer dies during bootup.   When I check the power supply on multimeter, it gets about 17.96 volts continuous.  
The next issues are when listening to song list, at times it will automatically switch to the next song like the "next" button is stuck.   Also when in Word or when writing an e-mail, the cursor will rapidly run to the end of the page.  

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