I have an Inspiron e1705 and I may have your same issue but I am sure it is not my socket. I have a Genuine Dell battery that has about 3/4 battery life so I bought a generic battery. When I snap the new battery in it will not charge. I cant get it to charge when the PC is powered off and plugged into AC adapter. PC runs fine on AC alone and will charge my Genuine Dell battery every time on AC while PC is off. But if I go into power settings and fiddle (sleep off and screen level adjust) suddenly the generic battery begins a perfect charge (a percent ever 2 minutes or so) and the generic will charge fully. Also the generic battery never even begins to get warm. Has Dell included something to prevent use of non-Dell batteries within their charging system? If this is the case should I post a new thread? Could this be your issue? Is your battery a Genuine Dell?