Issue with the Micro SD Port on my console, do i need a new one?

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  1. SilentOne1994
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    so, i'm having abit of a problem with my Micro SD card reader which may cause me to have to buy another console..
    originally i was having issues with my Micro SD cards being read from time to time when i inserted them into my Switch's micro sd card port
    so i thought the issue was the micro sd port/reader itself.. i bought a replacement micro sd reader and tried it out and now
    any micro sd card i put in can't be read.. So i checked the pins on both the reader and the board itself and it looks like i may be missing
    a few pins on the bottom part of the board hence why it won't show my micro sd card.
    How would i go about fixing this? or should i just buy a completely new console?
    and if so.. how do i keep my save files?

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  2. Budsixz

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    dont know about fixing console but for save file there is an hombrew app called checkpoint that allows savefile backup and restore
     
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    Micro sd card won't work in the console so can't access Checkpoint
     
  4. untold

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    I had the same problem with my faulty sd card reader, I changed mine for the same reason.
    But for me it was not a success, pins were broken on the switch motherboard connector for the card reader.
    I have to solder wires to the pins one by one to resolve this issue... pain in the ass
     
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  5. linuxares

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    Can you try to focus better on the connector (on the motherboard) with more light?
     
  6. SilentOne1994
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    Yeah that's the issue I have currently.
    Seems to be the switch motherboard connector card reader. I guess I'm gonna have to learn to solder.

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  7. linuxares

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    If possible, remove the metal shield then take the photo.
     
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    Good luck, this piece of gear is really fragile, now i’m scared everytime I have to change sd cards.
     
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  12. linuxares

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    Was it bought used?
     
  13. SilentOne1994
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    Bought brand new but i've been suffering with issues with the Micro SD since i've gotten it
    Any possible way to retrieve my save data off the system itself?
    i can't use Checkpoint because that requires the Micro SD card.. and my system is currently on OFW 6.2
    all my saved data is saved to the system but i'm getting a new Switch hopefully tomorrow.. (thank god for afterpay hahah)
     
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  14. linuxares

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    Then someone at the factory must be fed the soldering up. It really looks like it's been overheated when I look at the lit up pictures.
    It's of course totally possible to exchange this port, and I would recommend that approach first. Problem however is to find a spare part.
     
  15. SilentOne1994
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    yeah, i wouldn't even know where to begin honestly
     
  16. Clydefrosch

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    for the save files, i guess you'd need to dump your nand through usb and try to extract them from there.
    supposedly not impossible but probably a huge hassle, since there's no dedicated software for it
     
  17. linuxares

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    Ish.... he needs his biskeys. Else it's kind of straight forward.

    You need a dead motherboard or such. It's totally possible this socket still works. I got a dumb idea and let's see what matty thinks about it.

    @mattytrog would it be possible to just solder on a REAL micro sd card reader to the switch, and bypass these lousy connectors?
     
  18. mattytrog

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    Yep. Can do it. I have posted a wiring diagram for the SD reader elsewhere. Use any SD reader.
     
  19. linuxares

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    So in theory if he can solder or know one that can do "tiny soldering" he can solder to the ball joints and throw the piece of shit sd board away? Since there is actually a lot of spare room under the metal shield.
     
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    I better start learning how to Solder let alone Micro-solder and fast hahaha
     
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