dell latitude 100l(dead as a doe doe )

Help needed i have a 100l that i formatted and started re installing xp on,halfway through install i had critical battery screen,followed by total shutdown with ac adaptor in place.All i get now are 2 flashing lights on the front edge of laptop and it wont power up.If i remove the ac its total dead,no flashing lights.If i remove the battery and go direct with the ac flashing lights are back,seems to want to try to fire up for approx half a second then cuts out.Any ideas people???????????
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