In febuary I brought a second hand laptop from a mate of my father, after using it for a while I found out the laptop had no battery because I could not use the laptop without it being connected to a plug point and the laptop said it did not have one. About a week ago I upgraded the laptop to Windows 2000 Pro from Windows 98 (first edition.) 2 days later after turning on Advanced Power Management (APM) in the power propertys I found a some hardware called Microsoft Legacy Battery then started reporting batter functions in power propertys. It says "Not present" but today I turned the laptop on, it found some hardware called "LPT1" then changed the name to "Printer Port." I know what this is but the laptop knows one is there already. A minute later all the battery lights on the laptop lit up. The left battery one amber, right battery green. Windows 2000 still says no battery but the laptop is reading there is one (I think). What shall I do. If it helps I have a Time CyberNote 953E.
If it is an IBM ThinnkPad some of them have the batteries under the keyboard. If the clips to open the lid are either side of the laptop than pull these further forward than you do to open the lid and the keyboard should pop up, and the battery is under there.
Like someone said - now you have upgradeed to Win2K does the laptop work when it is not connected to the power supply?
Try leaving the plug switched on overnight but with the laptop switched off (i.e. how it would be if you were charging any potential battery) and then in the mornign disconnect the plug from the back of the laptop (as there may still be some power in the transformer) and try to switch it on. If you get any response at all from the machie then there must be a battery there but it will be a dead battery. (Chuck it away and be prepared to spend between £50 - £200 on a new one depending on model of laptop)