Right, i have a toshiba equium A210 - 171 laptop that i am borrowing off my friend to take with me on holiday for two weeks so i need to get this working by july 26th. When he gave it to me he told me there was something wrong with it charging.

If the laptop is off and i plug the charger in, the lights say its charging biut when i turn it on, the lights on the frong turn off for a few seconds, then the charging lights come back on. If i wait 10 mins or so, it turns on, with battery at 15% or something like that. The laptop says the battery is charging, but the remaining battery life decreases untill the laptop turns its self off. Any ideas?

Thanks

Tom

I would narrow it down to two likely possibilities:
1. The battery
2. The charger.
Your best and simplest way to solve the issue is to borrow these two items from someone who has a similar, but working laptop and try using them, one at a time (and if necessary, both at the ssame time) on your machine.
Whichever replacement solves the problem is what you need to replace.
Good luck finding the parts to borrow.