I think what you are saying is when you attach the power adapter to your laptop it stops charging based on the icon in windows xp. But if the LED starts blinking at any time it usually means something is wrong with the charging system of laptop. Check into getting a new battery vs getting a new laptop. If your laptop is running xp than it sounds like it is an older laptop and that may be a challenge to find a good battery for a good price. A typical battery lasts about a year. Check out ebay or amazon for batteries or go to google.com click on the shopping link up top and that is another good spot to find good deals on batteries.
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