Can I use standard household batteries to juryrig a replacement laptop battery?

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      Not so long ago I managed to get my hands on an old Gateway Colorbook 2000 tossed from a defunct insurance company. It has a 486 processor and little HD space, but it’s great to take for storywriting when I go out and about – the keyboard (and most everything else) works fine and it’s so old nobody would bother stealing it.

      The problem is the battery. It’s a 12 volt, 3500 mah, but can barely hold a charge at all since it’s old.

      Google provided me with some sites that have the special cells that manufacturers/hobbyists use, like …but they are EXPENSIVE! (5$ for *one* cell on all-battery.com!)

      So the next thought was could I make one using rechargeable household batteries? I’d like to use AA or C batteries, and if possible Li-on ones if they make Li0on versions of those! Also if it can be done how would I wire them all together to get the right voltage and amerage?

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