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Unable to charge battery or use without battery....

I recently and accidentally let my three year old battery completely drain....only to find it will not charge at all anymore. I had never done this in the three years I had my computer, even though it is recommended to drain them. Furthermore, my Toshiba Satellite M40X will not run from the wall alone!!! I cannot use it without the battery!!! :( I understand this is not normal at all and I know other computers can run without their batteries :(

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That is kinda odd... And it will not run What So Ever without the battery? Not much you can do in this case, you may need a new battery. Otherwise leave the battery on charge for 12 hours strait and see what that does.

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