Remove a memory module
Follow instructions in this section to remove a memory module.
About this task
- S002CAUTIONThe power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
Read the Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.
Turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).
If the server is in a rack, remove it from the rack.
Remove any locking device that secures the server cover, such as a Kensington lock or a pad lock.
- Memory modules are sensitive to static discharge and require special handling. Refer to the standard guidelines for Handling static-sensitive devices.
Always wear an electrostatic-discharge strap when removing or installing memory modules. Electrostatic-discharge gloves can also be used.
Never hold two or more memory modules together so that they do not touch each other. Do not stack memory modules directly on top of each other during storage.
Never touch the gold memory module connector contacts or allow these contacts to touch the outside of the memory module connector housing.
Handle memory modules with care: never bend, twist, or drop a memory module.
Do not use any metal tools (such as jigs or clamps) to handle the memory modules, because the rigid metals may damage the memory modules.
Do not insert memory modules while holding packages or passive components, which can cause package cracks or detachment of passive components by the high insertion force.
- Remove the server cover (see Remove the server cover).
- Determine which memory module to be removed from the server, and locate its corresponding connector on the system board.The following illustration shows the location of memory module slots on the system board.Figure 1. Memory module slots on the system board
- Open the retaining clips on each end of the memory module slot. If necessary, you can use a pointed tool to open the retaining clips due to space constraints. Pencils are not recommended as a tool as they may not be strong enough.
Figure 2. Opening retaining clips
- Place the tip of the tool in the recess on the top of the retaining clip.
- Carefully rotate the retaining clip away from the memory module slot.Attention
To avoid breaking the retaining clips or damaging the memory module slots, handle the clips gently.
If necessary, you can use a pointed tool to open the retaining clips due to space constraints. Pencils are not recommended as a tool as they may not be strong enough.
- Remove the memory module.
Figure 3. Removing a memory module
- Make sure that the retaining clips are in the fully open position.
- Pull the memory module out of the slot with both hands.
After this task is completed
If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.