Nothing worked to get the computer charging.
I have a Best Buy Geek Squad Guarantee, so I brought it to them. They sent the computer to the main center. They sent it back saying that the computer does charge. They said that it might have to do with my operating system. I was using Ubuntu – Karmic Koala.
However, I know that the operating system was not the problem.
While I was at Best Buy when I went to pick up my laptop, I was able to talk to the person at the Geek Squad station at our local store. He knows that I use Ubuntu and he himself is a fan of using Fedora, so there's no problem with him knowing that it shouldn't be the operating system.
In fact,, at that time, I brought one of the Kensington multi-adapters so I could show him that it was not charging. He also happened to have one of his own and tried to plug the computer in so it would charge, and it also did not charge with his.
I don't know what they did at the center since they do not check the laptop with the operating system, but just the hardware. They said that it is charging. The battery came back with more of a charge than it had.
I was able to remove my personal documents from the computer by copying them to a USB thumb drive, so I have them. I tried to install Lucid Lynx, but I ran out of battery power before it could finish installing.
I know that normally laptops will detect the electricity without the battery, but the case isn't just the battery not charging. It's the fact that no power goes to the laptop, even if central Geek Squad says it does. It doesn't.
While this isn't directly related to linux, perhaps somebody knows can be done about this. I have no idea and it is very irritating. I don't have the money to constantly buy a new laptop. It's always been within two years that something seems to go wrong with my laptops.
I HATE planned obsolescence! Why do they do that?!?!?!
Anyway, can anybody help?