While I was replacing my mid-2010 Macbook's HDD with an SSD, I accidentally dropped a screw and it got stuck somewhere behind the logic board. I removed the fan so I can retrieve the screw through there. I successfully removed the screw, but during the process I ripped the female fan connector from the logic board, leaving only the pads.

Thankfully, the connection still works if I hold the connector there, but once I release it the fan stops working.

I don't have a soldering iron and I'm currently in a rural area so I can't go to the store to buy one if I order it online it arrives in at least a week and I can't wait that long.

Can I just super glue it back on? Or would epoxy be better?

  • Glue will not give you a good electrical connection, and will interfere with making a proper (soldered) repair later. – Gordon Davisson Dec 31 '19 at 7:25
  • @GordonDavisson I'm aware, I intend to only glue the plastic part, not the metal part of the connector where the connection is made. – Erik Keresztes Dec 31 '19 at 7:33
  • Do not under any circumstances try gluing the broken part! Have the broken part properly repaired! – user3439894 Dec 31 '19 at 13:35

Epoxy and\or super glue may be very effective at gluing the connector to the PCB, but there’s no way to ensure you get a proper connection with the pads on the PCB. It will be a one shot deal - if you don’t get it right the first time, you’ll be out of luck on subsequent tries.

I need to be clear here... I understand that you need this laptop now so time is critical. This avenue of repair is highly likely to fail (though you could get lucky) and will end up costing you much, much more down time than if you took the time to get the right tool for the job.

How might it fail? You could mis-align the connectors or you could get glue/epoxy between the connector and pad insulating it. You’ll cause more damage trying to remove the connector to retry the repair

You might want to look up TV repair shops in your area as this repair would be something they could do as it’s a very simple job.

  • I ended up gluing it and it went good, works now. I did get very very lucky, if I missed by 1 milimeter or put too much super glue on, I would be f'd. only did it because I can get a machine like this for like 100$ shipped in the same time I would get this one properly repaired. in no case would i have done it if I had a more expensive machine. – Erik Keresztes Dec 31 '19 at 15:31

I would put a piece of foam above it and test if the cover would give enough pressure to make it work then.

Using glue could cause more, and more serious, damage when you come to repairing it properly.

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