That pretty well answers my question then. Yes I can see how much power is left, and it goes away fast. This laptop will go from 100% to 4% in about 40 mins.
Ah well, that just means that I will have to keep it plugged in constantly until I can get a new battery. I had no idea that you had to pay for a different warranty with Dell for hardware until it was far to late.
Thank you very much for your help.