Well, I guess the time has come. The Acer Aspire One, despite my upgrading of the BIOS, doesn't want to charge its battery anymore. So it is slowly just losing its charge, and will die. And that's OK, since I have another Acer laptop that I bought back in June when my desktop computer died. I got a lot of use out of the Acer Aspire One. And honestly, how many computers does a boy need?
But I will try to make sure that I've backed up everything, then reformat the internal drive before I recycle it. One can't be too careful.