This is Rediculous,
I've had my Laptop(siemens) for 2 yrs now and the battery only last 20minutes.
My Gfirends laptop (its even a Dell) turns off immediatly if you pull out the main plug.
As for my old Toshiba 255mhz that battery in there serves as a paper weight.
In the Future, when i get a new battery ill leave it out (or disconnected) until I REALLY need it.
I guess thats the only way to save it.