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Battery not charging

My relative sent me this samsung scd 103,but the red light indicator for battery charging is not working everytime i plug it in. No problem on the adaptor charger after testing. what seems to be the problem on why its not charging?

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You may have a bad battery! (this is the number 1 cause of this problem!) a battery can go bad overnight!
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