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Install a low-profile PCIe x8 adapter

Use this information to install a low-profile PCIe x8 adapter.

Before you install a low-profile PCIe x8 adapter:
  1. Read the following section(s) to ensure that you work safely.
  2. Power off all the compute nodes and peripheral devices (see Power off the compute node).

  3. Disengage all the compute nodes from the enclosure.

  4. Disconnect the power cords and all external cables from the rear of the enclosure.

  5. If the cable management arm is installed, remove it (see Remove the cable management arm).

  6. Remove the shuttle from the enclosure (see Remove the shuttle).

  7. Locate the adapter.

    Figure 1. Adapter location
    Adapter location
  8. Touch the static-protective package that contains the adapter to any unpainted metal surface on the solution; then, remove the adapter from the package.

  9. Place the adapter, component side up, on a flat, static-protective surface and set any jumpers or switches as described by the adapter manufacturer.

Complete the following steps to install a low-profile PCIe x8 adapter.

Figure 2. Adapter installation
Adapter installation

  1. Slide the retention bracket forward and rotate it to the open position.
  2. Remove screw (if necessary).
  3. Slide the expansion-slot cover out of the shuttle.
  4. Align the adapter with the PCI connector on the shuttle and press the adapter firmly into the PCI connector on the shuttle.
  5. Rotate the retention bracket and slide toward the rear of the shuttle to the close position.
  6. Fasten the screw if necessary.
    Fasten the screw if the solution is under vibration environment or you plan to transport the solution.

After you install a low-profile PCIe x8 adapter, complete the following steps.

  1. Reinstall the shuttle (see Install the compute node cover).

  2. If the cable management arm is removed, install it (see Install the cable management arm).

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

  4. Push all compute nodes back into the enclosure (see Install a compute node in the enclosure).

  5. Turn on all compute nodes.

Demo video

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