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[Switch] TUTORIAL – How to enable the mode RCM (Recovery)

Method of the jig SwitchX PRO

3D printing : yes
Welding : not
Disassembly : yes (microUSB cable)

This method is to print in 3D and use the jig of the Team Fail0verflow, known as SwitchX PRO, insert the tip of a microUSB cable and remove the 3-pin on the 5 for the purpose of tying pins 10 and 7 of the Switch.

Photo of the jig SwitchX PRO, by Team Fail0verflow

Pre-requisites
  • A 3D printer ;
  • A microUSB cable to sacrifice ;
  • A cutter knife or other tool end and cutting ;
  • Scissors ;
  • A clamp (if possible not too big) ;
  • Screwdrivers flat (optional but can be helpful).
Explanations

Start by downloading the 3D model of the jig below and print it with high accuracy (0.1 mm).

Télécharger le RCM jig SwitchX PRO, par Team Fail0verflow

RCM jig SwitchX PRO, by Team Fail0verflow

Take your USB cable and start by removing the plastic covering of the tip. To do this, be sure to have your cutter (or other tool end and cutting) and cut along the line that goes through the middle. Start with one side, then do the other then.

Attention won’t hurt you ! Orient the blade or the sharp edge of your tool to the outside, and not to you ! Adopt a good position so do not put your fingers near the side of a cutting tool.

After you have cut both sides of your microUSB cable, first remove the plastic drive a flat-blade screwdriver, and then doing the rest with the strength of your hands. 😉 Pull up to see the cables colored that connect the mouthpiece to the rest of the cable.

Now that the plastic is sufficiently removed, take your scissors or other tool to cut the color-coded wires that connect the mouthpiece to the rest of the cable. You should end up with this small piece.

Extract the pins from the protection which surrounds them, removing the latter. You certainly need to pull out the two tabs (with the help of screwdriver flat, for example) that lie on either side of this protection.

Here’s what you should find.

Now, it will have to be delicate… In fact, it will be necessary to remove all pins except 1 and 4, in other words, remove 3 of the 5 present!!

Take your time, keep your composure, and don’t hesitate to use a magnifying glass or any other material that may help you have accuracy.

Personally, I am in charge of the pin 5 with a small clamp.

As for the pins 2 and 3, I’ve continually pushed to the bottom and then the top using a flat blade screwdriver until they come off themselves.

Well, you should now have a sleeve that is almost ready to be inserted in the jig ! Almost, because it remains to remove the big piece of plastic that protrudes at the back. Indeed, it is necessary that the workpiece can be inserted in the small space reserved for this purpose on the jig.

It is good, it remains for you to fix your small room in his compartment on the jig using a strong glue, and then drag this into your Switch in place of the Joy-Con right !

Method SwitchX

3D printing : not
Welding : not
Disassembly : no

To come.

Method for the trombone

3D printing : not
Welding : not
Disassembly : no

This method is probably the simplest of all, although it has a success rate of moderately high or even very high. It has the advantage of only require a simple paper clip wire, which is normally within the reach of everyone.

Pre-requisites
  • A paper clip ;
  • A clamp (recommended) to twist the paper clip ;
  • Wire cutters (recommended) to cut out the unnecessary parts of your trombone.
Explanations

To begin, make sure your paper clip is metal. If you see that the plastic or other material that surrounds it, remove the (your fingernail should do the trick).

Using your pliers (or your fingers, very muscular), bend your paper clip so as to obtain two parallel lines apart by about 6 mm. You can also cut (with wire cutters huh, it may be difficult to achieve with simple scissors) out the parts you deem unnecessary or cumbersome.

Unfortunately, there is no technical miracle, you will have to twist your paperclip until you get a result that looks satisfactory, then insert it into the slot on the right side of your Switch (the one that is supposed to host the Joy-Con right) and check that pin 1 is connected to pin 10.

Method of screwdriver

3D printing : not
Welding : not
Disassembly : no

Here is another very easy method to access as you just need two screwdrivers (made of metal, so that electricity passes).

Pre-requisites
  • Two screwdrivers made of metal.
Explanations

I have not yet tested this method personally, but it should be relatively simple to implement, provided that you have a little sense of balance. In effect, you will need to strategically place your two screwdriver on the slot on the right side of your Switch (the one that is supposed to welcome the Joy-Con right) so that the end of the first is all right, and that of the second to the left, while making sure the screwdriver is touching them to communicate the current.

The hard part is being able to leave the screwdriver in this position without everything going downhill !

Photo credit : Baoulettes on GBAtemp

Method of welding

3D printing : not
Weld : yes
Disassembly : yes (Switch)

To come.

Method of the Joy-Con (with welding)

3D printing : not
Weld : yes
Disassembly : yes (Joy-Con)

To come.

Photo credit : jjbredesen on GBAtemp.net

Method of the Joy-Con (without solder)

3D printing : not
Welding : not
Disassembly : yes (Joy-Con)

To come.

Updated: May 14, 2018 — 7:00 am

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