Did I fuck this up beyond repair?

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I tried installing an SX-Lite the other day. It looked like I destroyed part of the modchip. Traces are exposed and solder is shorting the solder point and the trace. The Switch Lite still turns on but I have not tested it for more than a minute because the thermal paste is gone. Is this modchip salvageable? If not then what options are available to me?

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Get out your multimeter and start probing. :)
It looks like 1 of the wires goes from the left connection to the right part of SP1.
I presume the left part of the SP1 also is connected.
See if they are not shorted.
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I don't have access to a multimeter right now but if they are shorted am I screwed? Do the cloned chips on Taobao I've heard about work? At this stage I think it's best to ask a phone repair man to install it for me but if the chip itself is broken then I'm wasting my money on his services.
 

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Get some soldering wick, clean up the blob and if you really did mess up a trace, you can cover it up with some solder mask or, if push comes to shove, a bit of nailpolish. If you don’t have either, kapton tape works well enough, but I never trust that the adhesive will hold in the long term.
 

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I found someone who installed it for me. He charged a lot, especially considering I supplied the (mostly intact) modchip and thermal paste. He knows that I can't to it myself or find someone else so he can get away with charging a lot. He did a good job though.

Some of the mobile repair chain stores I went to said they have a no modchip policy. I suppose head office decided they are not willing to risk getting sued by a gaming giant.
 
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