Laptop power adapters and batteries now have chips and more in them. Since you don't believe in such I don't think I can change your mind.
I have read a couple of posts on this subject but I think my problem is a little peculiar.
I have two older dell chargers. They will keep my battery from depleting but will not charge the battery. I also have a newer dell charger that will charge the battery. Since my newer adapter will charge the battery, I don't believe the problem is with the battery or power management software.
Does anyone have any idea what is wrong with the older adapters?