I’ve made a very foolish and possible catastrophic mistake. I was building a full-size SD card adapter, one of these:
and as I was gluing the PCB into the printed expansion case, I somehow managed to get superglue into the usb-c port on the card without noticing.
I was rather impatient to get it working, because I needed to get some photos off of my camera for a project I’m working on, so I plugged it in with the glue still wet, which I didn’t think would be a problem because it was supposed to only be on the bottom of the PCB, and wouldn’t escape. I noticed that it wasn’t reading, so in my infinite wisdom I switched expansion ports, nuking both of my left and one of my right thunderbolt ports on the mainboard in the process. I then plugged it into my usb-c expansion card, but realized the issue right then, so I managed to quickly clean the port and salvage the card. My mainboard is still functional, and I managed to mostly clean out 2 of the glued ports, but I don’t trust them, and I don’t want to have to work around this blunder for the rest of this mainboard’s days.
I’m going to take my laptop to a repair shop tomorrow and see what they can do about it, because it seems like it should be a relatively easy fix, I just can’t do any micro-soldering myself.
I’ll update the thread as it goes, the main hiccup is that I need my framework for school, so if the repair would take multiple days I’ll have to postpone it to the weekend, or have them do the diagnostic, take the laptop back, and then do the repair another day.
Once I get it back I’ll build another SD card expansion, because it very nearly worked, and while this one isn’t salvageable, I do need the full-size slot, and I won’t make the same mistake twice.