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  1. Zebybite

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    This is a fairly simple guide that show the step-by-step process of installing a new slider rail onto your console. You may need to do this if the original one became defective from wear over time, or wear from using a paper-clip for RCM-based exploits.
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    Keep in mind, this guide is for the console itself, and not the joycon, this is a tutorial to fix physical connection issues with the joycon. You can buy a replacement rail like this on Ebay, or a found one on Amazon Prime for about $13 USD: https://amzn.to/2KglAeH So far, this rail has worked great for me, and I would recommend it.

    Make sure that your Nintendo Switch is entirely powered off, and any SD cards and/or game cards are removed before you start this process.
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    I would recommend printing out a diagram to organized the many small screws from this process, you can find the printable diagram that I used here: https://goo.gl/KuUH6M
    Now, with a tri wing screwdriver, you can unscrew the 4 screws on the back of the console. If you don't have a tri wing screwdriver, you can get one in the set that I use here: https://amzn.to/2LTPZnY
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    Now with a small Philips screwdriver, you can remove screws from the bottom, top and sides of the switch, shown in these pictures:
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    (You are going to need to unscrew the middle school on both sides of the switch)
    Now, open up the kickstand and find unscrew that hidden little guy.
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    Now, leave you kickstand open, and open you cartage slot, and you can gently pull the back of the switch off.
    Now you get to unscrew more! Once again, you are still using a Philips screwdriver and unscrewing the circled screws below:
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    You now need to unhook the SD card reader to take the metal plate out of the switch, so gently pop it off with a flathead screwdriver.
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    Now, take the metal plate out of the switch, you might need to pull a little bit harder than normal, because there is some purple goop on the Tegra processor that may still be a little sticky. Once you do this, you will be greeted with this, possibly overwhelming display: [​IMG]
    You are going to want to disconnect the battery with a flathead screwdriver, just in case, you don't want to get shocked ;)
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    On the rail you plan to replace, unscrew these screw with a Phillips screwdriver:
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    Use tweezers to remove the ribbon cable connected to the rail, then you can remove the original rail, and put the replacement in it's place, and re-connect the new ribbon cable in it's place. Then, you want to move the ribbon cable out of the way of the screw hole, and tuck it in.
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    You can now reconnect the battery, by just pushing it down where it was.
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    Reconnect the SD card reader, by pushing the connector back into it's socket.
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    Screw the SD Card reader back in, after you reconnect it, then you can start screwing the backplate back onto the switch, using memory, or you printable diagram, or even the pictures in previous steps.
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    Just make sure you get all the addition screws back into their correct place, just like the second part of the previous step.


    Once you put your Switch back together you can turn it back on, and your right rail should work good as new, after a few seconds. I'm not quite sure why this is, but the rail won't work right away on your first boot with it, but afterwards, there is no difference from the original.
    I hope this guide was helpful, ask questions in the reply sections (:
     
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  2. TotalInsanity4

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    Clear the formatting of your text, it's very nearly the same color as the background when you're using the dark theme. Makes it pretty difficult to read, ya'know?
     
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  3. Zebybite

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    Fixed
     
  4. Quantumcat

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    Did you deliberately reply in white? Can't read it on light theme.
     
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    Yes, actually
     
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    Does anyone know where can I buy those in latin america :(
     
  7. Zebybite

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    The Amazon link I provided should be able to ship internationally
     
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    yeah but the shipping is like a thousand dollars (like 50)
     
  9. Zebybite

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    I'm sure you could find one on ebay, look up Nintendo switch slider rails, but make sure it is metal and not plastic, because the plastic ones are for the controller, not the console
     
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  10. Technicmaster0

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    "You are going to want to disconnect the battery with a flathead screwdriver, just in case, you don't want to get shocked" yeah sure. Let's not risk getting shocked by 3V3 (okay, technically 3.7V) :P
     
  11. npavlovici

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    It's a good practice to disconnect the battery, even if it can not get you shocked.

    You have forgotten an important step, you must unlock the connector before removing the ribbon cable .

    And don't use sharp tweezers.


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  12. Funky_Monk

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    Just curious, but I just bought a switch with the intentions of running Homebrew and was wondering if wear and tear on the pins were a common problem for those that have been booting into RCM for any length of time?
     
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