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Remove the system board

Use this information to remove the system board.

About this task

A system board, also known as the motherboard, provides different connectors or slots to connect different components or peripherals of the system for communication. If the system board fails, it must be replaced.

  • 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. Take the new part out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Prepare your server.
    1. Power off the server.

    2. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

    3. Record and disconnect any cables. See Internal cable routing.

    4. Remove any components that are impeding the procedure.

    5. Install any components that are required before installing or removing the component(s).

  3. Remove the system board.
    1. Lift the two release pins at the same time.
    2. Slide the system board towards the front of the chassis until it stops.
    3. Tilt and lift the system board out of the chassis.
    Figure 1. System board removal
    System board removal

After you finish

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 the CPU socket is covered. There is a CPU external cap covering the CPU socket on the new system board. Slide the CPU external cap out from the CPU socket on the new system board, and install the external cap on the CPU socket on the removed system board.

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

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube