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Re: battery not recharging
This is usually the case. A small chip inside the battery that keeps tabs on the state of health for the battery is what sends the signal not to accept a charge. Unfortunately that may be bad itself and the batteries near their end, one will fail before the other sometimes, but it does mean the cartridge, ergo the battery needs to be replaced.
It does pay to shop around and not run to HP for a battery, Ebay is a good place to start with this in mind, find a power seller with a high rating who has an agreable return policy and acceptable warranty period. Only then, purchase from them.
Otherwise, you can shop at highly regarded outlets on line such as NewEgg.com.
A Google/Froogle search will yield a return of results that can be ranked by sellers with four stars. Some of these even have Google Checkout. Just use the same common sense for a solid rep and ample return policy with a warranty that makes sense to you. It is your choice where to buy.
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Is it a replacement battery? Are the specs the EXACT match, DC volts and Amps? Some inexpensive batteries do not work well with your laptop, it's a Connector/ pin thing, they don't communicate with the laptop. Try pulling the plug and drain the battery and recharge. Cycle it a 4 times, drain/ recharge. Does your BIOS setup have a Battery Learning section?
I'm inclined to think that your power cord is bad and you have drained your battery. When you plug in the power cord is there any lightswhatsoever on the laptop, where the plug goes in or on the AC Adapter of thepower cord?
When you press the power button do you hear fans running, hard drive spinning,lights on the computer, hear any beeps or lights constantly blinking, hear theDvD/CD drive click and the light on the drawer of the DvD/CD turn on for asecond or two? If so the laptop is trying to boot or may have booted, butthe screen is not showing for some reason.
Beep tones and blinking lights tells the technicians what is going on with thelaptop and why it is not booting. Most times it's a motherboard issuewhen you hear beeps or blinking lights continuous.
Maybe your power cord is bad if you don't get anything to happen whatsoeverwhen you press the power button. And if that's true maybe you wasoperating off the battery the last time you had it on and since the power cordis bad, it was not charging the battery so the battery is drained and the powercord is bad.
Maybe you have a Static Charge Buildup. Remove the Power Cord, Remove theBattery, then Press and Hold the power button for 30seconds. After 30 seconds plug the power cord back in (leave the batteryout) and hit the power button to see if it boots. If it does, you can putthe battery back in and let it charge.
This sounds like a battery problem. The best way to test this is to remove the battery and then power the laptop up with just the power cord plugged in but no battery. If the computer boots then the battery is bad you will need a replacement. Also try letting the battery charge for a day. Be sure that the charging light is coming on when you have it plugged in.