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Remove the front I/O assembly

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

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. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. If the security bezel is installed, remove it. See Remove the security bezel.
  3. Disconnect the cables of the front I/O assembly from the system board. See Front I/O assembly.
    1. Press the release tab to release the connector.
    2. Disengage the connector from the cable socket.
    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.
    Figure 1. Disconnecting the front I/O assembly cables
    Press the release tab and disengage the connector from the cable socket. Do not pull the cable using force.

    Squeeze the release tabs at both sides and disengage the connector from the cable socket. Do not pull the cable straight up using force. Do not pull the connector straight up using force.

  4. Remove the front I/O assembly from the front chassis.
    Figure 2. Front I/O assembly removal
    Front I/O assembly removal

    1. Remove the screws that secure the front I/O assembly.

    2. Slide the media bay out of the front chassis.

  5. Remove the LCD diagnostics panel from its assembly.
    Figure 3. LCD diagnostic panel removal
    LCD diagnostic panel removal

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

After you finish

If you are instructed to return the old front I/O assembly, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube