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Install a PCIe adapter

Use this information to install a PCIe adapter.

About this task

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.
  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding system.

  • 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.


  1. Locate the applicable PCIe slot. See Specifications to identify the different types of PCIe slots in your server.

    Ensure that you observe the installation rules and sequence in Technical rules for PCIe slots.

  2. 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.
  3. Install the PCIe adapter.
    Figure 1. PCIe adapter installation
    PCIe adapter installation
    Make sure the PCIe adapter retainer is in the opened position.
    1. Align the PCIe adapter to the PCIe slot; then, gently press both ends of the PCIe adapter until it is securely seated in the PCIe slot.
    2. Fasten the screw to secure the PCIe adapter.
    3. Close the PCIe adapter retainer.
  4. Depending on the type of PCIe adapter, you might need to connect one or more cables. Refer to the documentation that comes with the PCIe adapter for specific information.

After you finish

If you have installed a T4 GPU adapter, install a T4 filler onto the server cover. See Install a T4 filler.

Demo video

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