Manual restart on 2010 macbook pro?

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I have a 2008 MacBook Pro 15". Typically, it crashes and freezes several times a day. This has happened since the computer was new. Since MacBooks no longer have a manual restart button, I reboot by removing and replacing the battery. Previously, I had a 2006 MacBook Pro, which was exactly the same (crashed or froze frequently). I am considering a new laptop, but see that they now have built-in batteries. What is the recovery procedure with these new models?
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PS I work for a major educational establishment that does not provide tech assistance to its faculty, and is Mac-illiterate anyway, so I will get minimal assistance there.

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