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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.

Before removing a PCIe adapter:

  1. Read the safety information and installation guidelines (see Safety and Installation guidelines).

  2. Turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

  3. If the server is in a rack, remove it from the rack.

  4. Remove any locking device that secures the server cover, such as a Kensington lock or a pad lock.

  5. Remove the server cover (see Remove the server cover).
    The heat sinks and processor could be very hot. To avoid from burning yourself, wait for a few minutes after turning off the server before you remove the server cover.
  6. Remove the heat sink and fan module (see Remove the heat sink and fan module).

  7. Press the release button on the rear of the server to open the PCIe adapter retainer.

    Figure 1. Opening the PCIe adapter retainer
    Opening the PCIe adapter retainer
  8. Place the server on its side with the cover up.

  • The PCIe adapter might look different from the illustration.

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

To remove a PCIe adapter, complete the following steps:

  1. Press on the retaining clip on the side of the PCIe slot to open it.
  2. Grasp the PCIe adapter by both edges, and gently lift it out from the PCIe slot.
    Figure 2. Removing a PCIe adapter
    Removing a PCIe adapter
    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.
After removing a PCIe adapter:
  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 3. 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.

Demo video

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