Hardware I changed thermal paste and now the fan won't turn on

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Hi, recently I changed the thermal paste inside my nintendo switch. The fan's ribbon is in but the fan won't turn on. What can I do to check if the fan still works?
 

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Does the console actually work or is it just the fan?

If it's flat flex I'd try reinserting it since the connections can be finicky.
 

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Check if you got thermal paste on your motherboard.

The motherboard is clean. Beside the thermal paste I used is not conductive

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Does the console actually work or is it just the fan?

If it's flat flex I'd try reinserting it since the connections can be finicky.
I already tried twice. I am going to try again
 

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so, I found out that the bracket that hold the cable is jumped off. So I need a way to keep the pins attacked to the pins. Any suggestion? Some isolated ducktape?
 
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Picture of the affected area if possible? Un-jump it? Blue tack to pin it down? Teeny amount of hot glue?
 
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Is it the ribbon cable above the small one and between the long horizontal cable and the fan? Best bet would be some little piece of blue tac or a bad of hotglue then. Unless someone else knows how to put the snappy thing back?
 

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The easiest & safest method would be to wedge a piece of plastic into the connector to forcefully hold the cable in. Make sure the plastic wedge is thick enough to fill the gap, snug/tight enough to keep the cable from moving, and sturdy enough to not bend when being inserted.
 

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If you really want your switch fan to be on. Play Smash bros finish a match and just leave it at that screen. Heats up like hell for some reason
 

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I made a mess. My only solution now is to dissolder the slot and solder another one. Someone knows what kind of slot should I buy?
 

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Unless you have the skills to do this, I'd recommend not trying to solder it yourself. Find a replacement, if one can be found at easily, and ask someone else to do this - probably a professional.
 

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Unless you have the skills to do this, I'd recommend not trying to solder it yourself. Find a replacement, if one can be found at easily, and ask someone else to do this - probably a professional.

there is a way to fix this without solder? I don't want to use blu tack
 

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