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MBP running on one fan?

I ended popping my MBP open to clean the dust out, fans, etc. for the first time since my warranty has been out for well over a year now, and when putting back the right fan (near hard drive) I ended up breaking the female-connector on the logic board. I figured I might get to soldering it back some time in the future, but till then I just left the fan in there with the wire detached for just the right fan.

Now, according to smcFanControl (Active Setting: Default), the left fan is running around 3510-3520 rpm while the right one at 0 rpm. My average temperature, according to smcFanControl, ranges between 100-150°F. I am just using Safari, Mail, and MS Word (since I am afraid of opening any strenuous apps, such as games).

Are the temperatures normal, even for only 1 fan being active? Am I putting my MBP at any "serious" risk? Should I go out and by a new logic board, or solder the connection back? Any help will be appreciated. Thank you.

Specs: MacBook Pro 15" Unibody Mid 2010, 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 Processor, 500GB SATA Disk Hard Drive, 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, Intel HD Graphics 288 MB, Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3-131.76GB free out of 398.49GB, BootCamp:Windows 7: Ultimate (64-Bit)-39.63GB free out of 100.76GB.

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Your machine has thermal shutdown features built into it and monitors several key components internally. If you find your machine locking up or shutting down on you get it fixed ASAP.

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