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NEW Battery not properly charging

I have a gateway MD7818u, replaced my battery with third party battery bought on ebay. My AC adapter is fine, and I can plug in the ac adapter and start the computer just fine without the battery. When I put the new battery in, plug in the ac adapter without turning on the computer my computer charging light flashes orange for a few minutes, and slowly turns to red and stays on solid. I turned on my computer booted windows, and battery meter shows plugged in and not charging (with 0% available). The led charge light on my computer still stays red, while on windows. I unplugged the AC adapter while computer was on, and the battery lasted 1.5 hours before it immediately shut off. So the battery is holding a charge, but not appearing to be charging or holding a charge on the computer. Also if I leave it plugged in, it seems to be giving the battery some type of charge because I can keep using it on battery power if i leave it plugged in to charge a little bit, regardless of my computer and LED indicator telling me it's not charged. However, I can't power on the laptop with just the battery, I do have to plug in the AC adapter, but then I can remove it immediately after and it runs for the 1.5 hours on high load. I don't want to ruin my new battery without knowing how to fully charge it, and discharge it, to make it reach full capacity so How can I fix this?

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Batteries have electronics data that software has to get to properly charge it. Newer lithium batteries maybe different. But apparently, you have a work around for a lengthy use of the new battery.

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