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Remove the system board

Use this information to remove the system board.

Before removing the system board:
  1. If the server is installed in a rack, extend the server from the rack.

  2. Remove the server cover. See Remove the server cover.

  3. Record where the cables are connected to the system board; then, disconnect all the cables.

    Disengage all latches, cable clips, release tabs, or locks on cable connectors beforehand. Failing to release them before removing the cables will damage the cable connectors on the system board. Any damage to the cable connectors may require replacing the system board.
  4. Remove any of the following components that are installed on the system board and put them in a safe, static-protective place. See the related topics in Hardware replacement procedures.
    • System fans

    • DIMMs

    • PCIe adapters

    • M.2 backplane

    • Serial port module

    • CMOS battery

    • TCM/TPM (for Chinese Mainland only)

    • Intrusion switch

    • PHM

      Do not disassemble the PHM.

To remove the system board, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube
Figure 1. System board removal
System board removal

  1. Remove the eight screws that secure the system board. Put the screws in a safe place.
  2. Loosen the thumb screw.
  3. Gently lift the thumb screw and grasp the system board by its edge 1 to remove the system board in the direction as shown.
If you are instructed to return the system board, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.
Before you return the system board, make sure that you install the CPU socket dust covers from the new system board. To replace a CPU socket dust cover:
  1. Take a dust cover from the CPU socket assembly on the new system board and orient it correctly above the CPU socket assembly on the removed system board.

  2. Gently press down the dust cover legs to the CPU socket assembly, pressing on the edges to avoid damage to the socket pins. You might hear a click on the dust cover is securely attached.

  3. Make sure that the dust cover is securely attached to the CPU socket assembly.