Yes that is about it.The BIOS is seldom battery powered its usually EEPROM, The clock is usually the only thing battery powered on modern mother boards.
As long as she is properly shutting down the computer and letting it power itself off (or shutdown to an off request ) then the power strip is fine.
I'm with Gary in this one. I think continuing to use the power strip switch will be fine.So, I'm guessing, by what Meloc said, I'm setting myself up for bigger problems.
I actually wasn't aware of that. Thanks.However, it does receive a trickle charge when the computer is switched on. This extends the life of the battery considerably if the computer is used regularly.
The ONLY part quoted above that's not complete BS, is the first phrase. Lithium batteries DO NOT receive a trickle charge from the motherboard, and they DO NOT go flat in a few weeks if the computer isn't used. Whoever wrote that doesn't know what he's talking about, and is mixing in some things that apply to the rechargeable batteries some motherboards used to use."A CR2032 CMOS battery is not designed to be rechargeable ... However, it does receive a trickle charge when the computer is switched on ... However, it discharges completely in a few weeks if the computer isn't used ... A user who unplugs the PC from the mains or switches the power off at the mains supply, will shorten the life of the CMOS battery. "
Better yet, get a new case. Heck, they start at only $20. It's a job to transplant everything into the new case, but everyone will think you got a new computer!I'll second the hot glue fix. I've used hot glue to secure power switches more than few times when case modding. It holds up pretty well.
If the button is too far gone for the hot glue fix and you aren't terribly concerned with appearance, you can remove the actual power switch from the button mechanism and feed it out the hole in the case that the button occupied so it's accessible. The switch is usually held to the button assembly with plastic tabs and is pretty easy to seperate.