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Battery not running

Our laptop is not even two months old. The battery died and was replaced last week. Now tonight it won't run with out the power lead. It says it is 100% charged and when the power lead is plugged in the power light is flashing between orange and white.

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Possible that whoever replaced your battery sent you the defective one back. Note the serial and model numbers on the battery, then request another one. When you receive the replacement, do a full recharge. Most new batteries come already half charged. Even in this state, take time to fully charge it (between 4 and 8 hours depending on the type and model). Then try running it on battery power. If the charge holds more than 2 hours on a new battery, youre good; less than an hour new, its defective. If after all of this still not resolved, request the company honor their warranty (usually a limited one year with purchase).

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