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Remove the front I/O module

Use this information to remove the front I/O module.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding system.


  1. If the security bezel is installed, remove it. See Remove the security bezel.
  2. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  3. Remove the air baffle. See Remove the air baffle.
  4. Disconnect the cables of the front I/O module from the system board. See Front I/O connectors.
    • If you need to disconnect cables from the system board, disengage all latches or release tabs on cable connectors first. Failing to release the tab before removing the cables will damage the cable sockets on the system board. Any damage to the cable sockets might require replacing the system board.

    • The connectors on your system board might look different from those in the illustration, but the removal procedure is the same.

      1. Press the release tab to release the connector.

      2. Disengage the connector from the cable socket.

    Figure 1. Disconnecting the front I/O module cables
    Disconnecting the front panel cable

    Disconnecting the USB cable

  5. Remove the front I/O module from the front chassis.
    Figure 2. Front I/O module removal
    Front I/O module removal

    1. Remove the screws that secure the front I/O module.
    2. Slide the media bay out of the front chassis.
  6. Remove the integrated diagnostics panel from its assembly.
    Figure 3. Integrated diagnostic panel removal
    Integrated diagnostic panel removal

    1. Press down the clips as shown.
    2. Pull the diagnostics panel by its handle to get it out of its assembly.

After you finish

If you are instructed to return the defective component, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.