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Dell inspiron b130 power problem

My laptop is approximately three years old...the battery has not held a charge for more than 10 minutes for the past two years, so instead of replacing the battery, i have just kept it plugged in. over the last three days, when my computer has been on for about an hour (and plugged in), the battery indicator light rapidly flashes orange (which i have read means defective battery) and the computer shuts off. If I happen to catch that the light is flashing, if I unplug the AC adaptor from the back of the computer and quickly plug it back in, then it is good for another hour or so.

Is the battery necessary for the computer to run? Do I need to replace my battery? Or is it a power cord issue? I am confused because it does run for about an hour, but is connected to AC power and the battery has not run for more than 10 minutes in over two years. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Your power adaptor sounds like it needs replaced.
A battery is not necessary to run your computer but it will help to prevent loss of work in progress.
The amber flashing light simply means the battery is fully charged.
This usually happens with a replacement battery not manufactured by Dell.
Not a big deal.
If you open your power meter (right click on the icon) and notice the charge continues to diminish even while plugged in and indicating "charging"
You should unplug and use your laptop until the battery is depleted.
You can set adjust the power properties (right click on the same icon) to hibernate when the critical battery reaches 5% so that you don't lose any work in progress.
If the battery will not begin to recharge after running it down and plugging back in, leave your laptop plugged in, remove the battery and lock it back in place.
The computer will reset and the battery begins to recharge again.
This appears to be a feature that occurs in replacement batteries to ensure the battery is kept at an optimal charging capacity.
If your battery lasts only a few minutes after indicating it is fully charged you most likely bought an inferior replacement or in your case indicating it's (years old), it probably is time to replace it.

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Try running with battery out it should still work as long as it is pluged to a/c

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