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Thinkpad T61 Battery Problem

I've had my t61 close to a year now and the battery has been doing just fine, lasting about 3 hours and 30 minutes on a full charge. Then about a week ago when I clicked on the battey icon I got a message saying "consider replacing your battery". My battery was still working okay even after the message until yesterday when it just stopped working. When i click on the battery icon it says the battery is 100% charged but the computer goes off as soon as i disconnect the power cable. I want to know if there is a way i can fix this or do i just have to buy a new battery??

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You probably should get a new battery or at least a good used one.The battery icon is saying 100% but its at 0% because the battery is malfunctioning.

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