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Toshiba 1410-S173 battery charging light blinks amber

I purchased a new battery from an online source and when installed it doesn't take a charge. The battery/charge light blinks amber. When I disconnect the AC power the laptop will not function at all. If I install the old battery (that just won't hold a charge for more than a half hour anymore) the light will glow a steady amber - no blinking.
What is the blinking amber indicating?

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Did you buy the battery brand new or used?

brand new, deffectibe motherboard, bad charger or bad dc socket.

used, change it.

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