The laptop is a Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo D1845, the battery charges for a few minutes on startup and then stops charging. It is up to 51% ish at the moment. The problem is that when you disconnect the mains the laptop just shuts down. In other words, the battery is in actual fact as empty as Begbie's fifth pint at 8pm.
The battery simply won't take a charge FFS! :x
Is there a way to 'restart' it so that it accepts a proper charge?