What material is between small connectors attached to the logic board?

Today I've been trying to apply new thermal paste to my mbp. It was my first time. I didn't know anything before going in, and I thought the guide was all I needed.

However, when I got to the part of removing 8 indicated connectors, I removed one of the connectors itself, and ended up pondering how it would be put back after I was done repairing. Then I realized that it was actually a socket of some sort, and unplugged the rest correctly.

Now, the one broken connector, can I use a regular soldering iron material with a needle point, to reconnect the connector, or is it some special material?

Thanks.

http://s1.guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/2k...

Top left connector is the one I broke.

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it's regular lead free solder tin, if you have a smd soldering tip (as you wrote - a needle) - you can reattach the socket (as long as the soldering pads on the logic board are still there - if one is gone, there would be other ways to fix that - but we'll come to that if this would be the case)

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Soldering tips are still there. I see that I'd need four. What do you mean by SMD soldering pin? I'm only equipped with a bigger one, I was wondering if I could drop the iron with a needle and place the pad there.

Also, how long do I wait for the iron to settle? It's my first time soldering as well.

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SMD = surface mounted device - that means the parts are soldered on the logicboard and not through. the larger tip is also possible - but do not use tin - only the hot soldering iron. it's not easy, especially when you never soldered anything before. place the socket on it's original place,the soldering iron must be "preheated" (i use soldering tin for a heat test - if it melts - it's hot enough ;-) )

hold the socket with a tweezer and try to press the soldering tip to one contact - you will see if the tin melts - but be careful - the plastic could also melt.

do that with every contact and hope that it works ;-)

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