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Install a PCIe adapter

Use this information to install a PCIe adapter.

  • Depending on the specific type, your PCIe adapter might look different from the illustration in this topic.

  • Use any documentation that comes with the PCIe adapter and follow those instructions in addition to the instructions in this topic.

  • ThinkSystem Broadcom NX-E PCIe 10Gb 2-Port Base-T Ethernet Adapter can only be installed in the slot 2.

Before installing a PCIe adapter:

  1. If a bracket is installed in the PCIe slot, remove it. Store the bracket for the PCIe slot in case that you later remove the PCIe adapter and need the bracket to cover the place.

  2. Touch the static-protective package that contains the component to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove it from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.

To install a PCIe adapter, complete the following steps:

  1. Lay the server on its side for easier operation.
  2. Locate the applicable PCIe slot. See Specifications to identify the different types of PCIe slots in your server.
  3. Open the card latch. Position the new PCIe adapter over the PCIe slot; then, carefully press the PCIe card straight down until it is securely seated in the slot. Close the card latch to secure the PCIe adapter in place.
    Figure 1. PCIe adapter installation
    PCIe adapter installation
  4. Depending on the type of the PCIe adapter, you might need to connect any required cables. Refer to Internal cable routing or the documentation that comes with the PCIe adapter for specific information.