On my rather elderly laptop, the battery life is negligible - like a minute's worth. Not a problem since I basically use it as a desktop, but recently the laptop has been iffy with recognising my power cord - it'll show up that I'm on battery life and I have to remove the cord and plug it back in. If I'm away when this happens, it can cause me to lose work and losing power like that can't be too good for my laptop.
Also showing up is an error saying that my battery life file is corrupt and that I need to run chkdsk /f. I get the feeling that this would resolve everything, but unfortunately I can't do this because for some reason my computer automatically skips chkdsk every time I try to run it. AVG is running and doesn't report anything, and I've run CCleaner (not touching the advanced tabs though since I'm not too computer literate). I'm thinking that I have a constantly depressed esc key (esc no longer does anything when my computer's turned on, but every other key works). Now, is there any way to effectively turn off my keyboard until chkdsk has run, or run a chkdsk equivalent without restarting?
Thanks very much.