This isnt a distress signal. The macbook in question is not in use (being faulty in general) but I use it to import CDs from various box sets only available in physical form. The battery was replaced some two years ago, or maybe less. The macbook has stood turned off in the hallway for some 10 months and when I turn it on now it wont use the battey. I plug it in and it will only use power from the cord but not charge the battery at all. Did the battery just die on its own? Because of dis-use? I wont replace it, but it hadnt shown any signs of problems with the battery - last time it gave me an early warning to replace it before it stopped working.