Would not having enough power (or voltage or amperage) from an adapter make a laptop no longer charge/boot up (if the battery is out of power)? What about causing shorts? And would using a different adapter (if the head fit the jack) be a solution to this problem?
More information (troubleshooting):
The laptop without the battery does not turn on. The laptop acts for a moment as if it would turn on (LEDs on the keyboard flashing) but then stops. With the battery in, the plugged in light is on, but the battery indicator and the power indicator (whether it was on or not) flash at the same time. I was for a small while able to run the computer (with the battery and the power cable in), but then the battery must have completely run out of power because it abruptly shut off. Sometimes the plugged in light falters (which makes me believe it was receiving dirty power or not enough), when it does this the other two lights do not flash. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite L755.