Does it operate when plugged in to a known good outlet? Is the little light next to the power input to the laptop on? (On my laptop the plug into the computer is not perfect so sometimes everything looks plugged in but it is not making the contact to power the machine and need a little wiggling.)
Obviously check that the plug into the transformer box is snug and hasn't been kicked loose.
If it works plugged in, you likely have a little icon in the tray for how fully the battery is charged. If it is not showing as charged, give it some time to get charged. If it will then work on battery power you are probably fine. If it works plugged in but not on what appears to be battery, you may need a new battery, though the laptop batteries usually last more than a couple of years.
Your laptop will work without a battery. The risk is bumping the cord and losing everything immediately. My HP laptop battery (my sons actually) didn’t last very long, but we dealt with it for a couple of years before we went out and bought a new battery.
The battery has been shot on my HP laptop for a few years. If it loses electricity, even for a second, it shuts down. It has to be plugged in and works just fine. One of these days, I'll get a new one. I finally had to get a new iPhone, after the old one would no longer even charge.
WOW, and here I was thinking I was the only one with a bum battery, haha! Seriously, my battery lasts about 25-30 minutes when my laptop is unplugged, so I keep it plugged in all the time....unless I accidentally pull it out of the laptop unawares, and then all of a sudden everything....goes....dark....But other than that my faithful Windows 7 laptop works fine. No sense me investing in a battery, because sooner or later I need to get a new laptop.
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