So here is what happened: I found a repair shop, and told them I would bring it. Before I did, I had opened the computer, and was ready to remove the hard drive so that we can back it up. Well, then I saw that there was the little coin cell battery staring at me. So I told myself: "What the hell, why don't I just see what happens if I replace it."
I did and the computer works like nothing ever happened!!
I truly feel like a blind squirrel right now.
Can somebody tell me what exactly that little f#$%@# powers??