I have a Nintendo switch lite with the connector for the speaker broken off. I am looking for the best way to fix this. Is it possible to solder directly to the motherboard? I am just looking to restore the sound in a way that will last.Speaker connector broken

  • \$\begingroup\$ There is no brand or marking on the connector? Connectors can be a bit difficult to find. Not that it is not out there, but because there are so many to choose from with minor differences. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 28, 2020 at 6:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ What's happened to the mating connector that should be wired to the motherboard? \$\endgroup\$
    – Simon B
    Jul 28, 2020 at 8:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd just cut the wires from the connector and solder them to the 2 small pins in the middle. The 2 large pins that broke are just there for mechanical relief and fill no electronic function. The reason they broke in the first place is probably that they aren't connected to any PCB layer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Lundin
    Aug 12, 2020 at 11:19

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Your connector is still there. It's attached to the cable, but ripped off the PCB.

That's why you've got copper red-brownisch rectangles at the bottom of your plastic piece, and missing on your PCB.

Since it's ripped off, there's noting to solder it on to, so:

Is it possible to solder directly to the motherboard?

Not in general.

You will have to figure out to which contacts these cables originally connected to. If you're really lucky, it's the two narrow silverish ones, and not the two contacts you've ripped off.

  • \$\begingroup\$ The ripped off contacts are just pads to hold on to the connector, it looks like a pretty standard jst connector to me. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 28, 2020 at 13:54

The connector looks to be an SMT type similar (but maybe not identical) to this JST PH series part:

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The two brown squares are where the pads were that provided mechanical support for the connector. They are now gone (still attached to the connector since the glue that holds the copper on was weaker than the solder).

The two pins you can see in my photo are the actual signal connections. So what you can do is to carefully solder the two pins back onto the two silver pads, then prepare an epoxy adhesive and (after verifying the device is functional) glue the two end pads back onto the PCB, holding it in place with clothespin or similar setup until the glue cures. There is no reason to remove the copper from the mechanical mounting pads, in fact it will harm the adhesion.

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