Here's a follow-up. I wound up ordering a new battery off ebay for about $8 including shipping. Still wouldn't work- wouldn't get past the startup screen before shutting off.
I started to look into new hard drives- only about $25 on ebay and elsewhere, but then found a fix to my problem here:http://www.fixya.com/support/t512996-un ... eplacement
here's re-post of that solution:Best Solution
posted on Jun 25, 2008
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I came up with a solution (finally!). Only try this if you have exhausted all other possibilities.
First, make sure the unit if turned off, remove the backplate, and set the battery aside, still connected. Peel back the gold foil where hard drive connects to the motherboard, and loosen the small silver plate at the other end, sliding it to the side. Remove the hard drive by sliding it off the pins. Turn the unit on, and you should get a screen that asks if you would like to reformat. Replace the hard drive, carefully, and quickly, and reformat.
I had to reformat twice, but I eventually got the thing working. I was almost ready to toss it, so any extended life I get is worth it. If nothing else, this should get you off the dreaded logo screen. Good luck!