Bob, I appreciate all the time you've taken and your last post really helped clarify. However, one final question for you. Does it make sense, based on what you're guessing, that the new (non-Dell) battery charged for quite some time and charger was recognized, then all the sudden it quit? And even though the charger no longer will charge the battery, it still IS able to power the computer?
Based on what you're saying, sounds like if I buy a replacement charger, I should go with Dell, not an off brand, huh?