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Remove the system board

Use this information to remove the system board.

Before removing the system board:
  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

  2. Record where the cables are connected to the system board; then, disconnect them.
    Disengage all latches, cable clips, release tabs, or locks on cable connectors beforehand. Failing to release them before removing the cables will damage the cable connectors on the system board. Any damage to the cable connectors may require replacing the system board.
  3. Remove any of the following components that are installed on the system board and put them in a safe, static-protective place. See the related topics in Hardware replacement procedures.
    • Air baffle

    • System fans

    • Processor-heat-sink module (PHM)
      Do not disassemble the PHM.
    • DIMMs

    • CMOS battery

    • PCIe adapters

    • Riser assembly

    • M.2 backplane

    • LOM adapter

    • TCM/TPM (for Chinese Mainland only)

  4. Pull out the power supplies a little bit. Ensure that they are disconnected from the system board.

To remove the system board, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure

A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.

Figure 1. System board removal
Remove the system board.

  1. Remove the screws that secure the system board, and put the screws in a safe place.
  2. Grasp the system board by the release pin 1 and the lift handle 2 at the same time and gently slide the system board to the front of the server. Then lift and tilt the system board upwards to remove it from the server.
If you are instructed to return the old system board, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.
Before you return the system board, make sure that you install the CPU socket dust covers from the new system board. To replace a CPU socket dust cover:
  1. Take a dust cover from the CPU socket assembly on the new system board and orient it correctly above the CPU socket assembly on the removed system board.

  2. Gently press down the dust cover legs to the CPU socket assembly, pressing on the edges to avoid damage to the socket pins. You might hear a click on the dust cover is securely attached.

  3. Make sure that the dust cover is securely attached to the CPU socket assembly.