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Remove a PCIe adapter

Follow this procedure to remove a PCIe adapter.

disconnect all power
The 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.

About this task

  • The PCIe adapter might look different from the illustration.

  • Make sure to read and follow the documentation that comes with the PCIe adapter.

Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.


  1. Make preparation for this task.
    1. Remove the server cover, see Remove the server cover.

      The heat sink and processor could be very hot. To avoid burning yourself, wait for a few minutes after turning off the server before you remove the server cover.

  2. Disconnect all PCIe adapter cables from the system board.
  3. Remove the PCIe adapter
    1. Rotate the PCIe adapter retainer clip to the open position.
    2. Press the retaining clip to release the PCIe adapter.
    3. Grasp the PCIe adapter by both edges, and gently lift it out from the PCIe slot.
      The PCIe adapter might be clamped by the slot tightly. In this case, gently and evenly shake the PCIe adapter until the clamping force from the connector is significantly reduced and the adapter becomes easily removable.
      Figure 1. Removing a PCIe adapter
      Removing a PCIe adapter
After you finish
  1. Install another PCIe adapter if necessary, see Install a PCIe adapter. Otherwise, install a bracket to cover the vacancy on the chassis, and close the retainer.
    Figure 2. Installing a PCIe adapter bracket
    Installing a PCIe adapter bracket
  2. 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.