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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. If your server comes with an air baffle, remove it first. See Remove the air baffle.

  3. Record where the cables are connected to the system board; then, disconnect all the cables.
    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.
  4. 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 this chapter.
    • System fans

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

    • LOM adapter

    • M.2 backplane

    • Riser assemblies

    • RAID adapter on the system board

    • Rear hot-swap drive assembly

    • RAID super capacitor module

    • CMOS battery

    • TCM/TPM (only available in Chinese Mainland)

  5. Pull out the power supplies slightly. 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.

Depending on the model, the blue lift handle on your system board might look slightly different from the illustration below.
Figure 1. System board removal
System board removal

  1. Lift the release pin 1 and hold the lift handle 2 at the same time and slide the system board toward the front of the server.
  2. Lift the system board out of the chassis.
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.

If you are planning to recycle the system board, follow the instructions in Disassemble the system board for recycle for compliance with local regulations.