Left fan connector came off motherboard, can I hardwire?

Well, finally got my backlight problem solved, it turned out to be the left I/O board.

When I was removing the left fan, the connector came loose from the logic board, and I tried to resolder, but it was simply not possible with my iron and skills.

Can I hardwire the fan? I really don't mind if it runs at full speed all the time, I just want it to cool.

The computer runs fine with the fan disconnected, but I have a feeling that long term, it would not be good to only run the right fan, since the GPU is all the way over on the left.

What would be a good source of power and ground to tap into to hardwire the fan?

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Well, after trying repeatedly to resolder the connector, without success, I ended up just soldering the fan leads directly to the motherboard, er "logic board"

I know that this isn't the ideal way, and will make for more work if I have to replace the fan, but the machine is working perfectly fine, at last. I am happy to report that I am posting this from my resurrected A1260.

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Yes, I just soldered the wires to the line of dots on the board.

In all honesty, I only soldered the two on the left, and the last one on the right. IIRC, the leads were 12v, ground, tach, and control, respectively. Since the space was so tight, I assumed I could leave the tach wire off and the fan would work as designed.

As a result, the left fan runs at pretty high speed all the time now. Other than a bit of added fan noise, it is not an issue, and the machine is actually a lot cooler as a result. Some might be bothered by this, but I was just so thrilled to have the machine back up and running, I just left it alone. I may go back and complete that 3rd connection eventually, just to get the fan to calm down a little at low load, but it really isn't a big deal to me. My previous machine was about this loud all the time, so it isn't anything that I am not used to.

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Where do you want to hardwire it to? If you don't have the soldering skills to reattach the socket try to ask somebody else. It's really not that difficult and would be the better solution.

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I just connect the fan wires to a usb cable and pull it through the back of my Macbook and manually connect the fan by connecting it to usb port when its hot.

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