I have an Dell Inspiron 2200 running XP. The battery has died so it's been running plugged in with the battery removed (battery is shot). Yesterday, it just wouldn't start up. The LED indicator lights on the unit come on for a few seconds and then go out. No warning signs previously! As a matter of fact it's been running surprisingly well for an old laptop. I realize it's an old computer, and has probably had it, but it's apparent demise was so sudden!! Any ideas? The charger/power supply brick light is on and since the lights on the computer do come on for a while it is getting power!!!
Just after I posted this, hubby put the battery back in (this unit was given to me by someone who didn't want it anymore) and wonder of wonders it started up, but a screen for recalibrating the battery came up. It's supposed to take several hours so won't know for a while if this is it. Ever hear of recalibrating a battery?? It's a new one on me.