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Install a low-profile PCIe x16 adapter

Use this information to install a low-profile PCIe x16 adapter.

Before you install a low-profile PCIe x16 adapter:
  1. Read the following section(s) to ensure that you work safely.
  2. Turn off the corresponding compute node that you are going to perform the task on.

  3. Touch the static-protective package that contains the adapter to any unpainted metal surface on the solution; then, remove the adapter from the package.

  4. Locate the adapter.

    Figure 1. Adapter location
    Adapter location
  5. Place the adapter, component side up, on a flat, static-protective surface and set any jumpers or switches as described by the adapter manufacturer, if necessary.

Complete the following steps to install a low-profile PCIe x16 adapter.

  1. Remove the adapter cassette.
    1. Slide the release latch to the open position.
    2. Slide the adapter cassette out of the shuttle.
      Figure 2. Adapter cassette removal
      Adapter cassette removal
  2. Install the adapter to the adapter cassette.
    1. Remove the screws.
    2. Slide the expansion-slot cover out.
    3. Align the gold finger on the adapter with the cassette, then, insert the adapter into the adapter cassette.
    4. Loosen bracket screws for about 1/4 turn to adjust the adapter bracket to secure the adapter according to your adapter length; then, tighten bracket screws.
    5. Fasten the screw to secure the adapter to the cassette.
    6. Connect any required cables to the adapter.
      Figure 3. Adapter installation
      Adapter installation
  3. Reinstall the adapter cassette.
    1. Slide the release latch to the open position.
      Pay attention to the adapter cassette position when you installing it and see the following illustration for the accurate position information.
    2. Carefully align the adapter cassette with the guides on the shuttle ; then, slide the adapter cassette into the shuttle and make sure that the cassette is fully seated.
    3. Slide the release latch to the close position.
      Figure 4. Adapter cassette installation
      Adapter cassette installation

After you install a low-profile PCIe x16 adapter, complete the following steps.

  1. Reseat the corresponding compute node after you remove/add/replace the adapter.

  2. Reconnect the power cords and any cables that you removed.

  3. Turn on all compute nodes.

Demo video

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