Hot-Plug PCI Adapter Installation

Hot-Plug PCI Adapter Installation

This section gives the procedure for installing a hot-plug PCI adapter. If you want to remove a hot-plug adapter, reverse the steps. If the operating system supports hot-replace PCI adapters, you can replace a failing hot-plug PCI adapter with a new adapter of the same type without turning off power to the server. If the operating system and adapter also support the hot-add feature, you can install a new adapter without turning off the power to the server.

Note: You do not need to turn the server off to install or remove a hot-plug PCI adapter.

Before you begin:

  Do not remove a hot-plug adapter before performing the operating-system-defined procedure for disabling the hot-plug PCI slot that contains the adapter. Failure to do so might cause the system to lock up.

Refer to the operating system documentation.
Refer to the following illustrations while you perform the steps in this procedure.

  1.  Tab
  2.  Adapter retention latch
  3.  Expansion-slot cover
  4.  Attention light
  5.  Power light
  6.  Plastic divider


1. Tab
2. Adapter retention latch
7. Adapter
8. Adapter retention latch

To install a hot-plug PCI adapter:

  1.  Remove the top cover (see 'Top Cover Removal').
  2.  Determine which expansion slot you will use for the  adapter.

    Note:  Only PCI slots 1--4 can be used for hot-plug PCI  adapters.

  3.  Disable the selected PCI slot from the operating  system. (Refer to the documentation that comes with  the operating system for information about disabling  a hot-plug PCI slot.) Disabling the PCI slot turns off  the Power light for that PCI slot.

       Make sure the Power light -5- for the hot-plug  PCI slot is off before you continue to the next step.

  4.  Remove the expansion-slot cover -3-:

    1.  Rotate the adapter retention latch -2-  counterclockwise.
    2.  Lift the tab -1- covering the top of the  expansion-slot cover -3- and remove  expansion-slot cover from the server. Store it in  a safe place for future use.

         Expansion-slot covers must be installed on  all vacant slots. This maintains the  electromagnetic emissions characteristics of  the system and ensures proper cooling of  system components.

  5.  Refer to the documentation that comes with the  adapter for any cabling instructions. It might be  easier for you to route any cables before you install  the adapter.
  6.  Remove the adapter from the static-protective  package.

    Note:  Avoid touching the components and gold-edge  connectors on the adapter.

  7.  Place the adapter, component-side up, on a flat,  static-protective surface.
  8.  Install the adapter -7- :

    1.  Carefully grasp the adapter -7- by its top edge  or upper corners, and align it with the expansion  slot on the system board.
    2.  Press the adapter firmly into the expansion slot.

         When you install an adapter in the server,  be sure that it is completely and correctly  seated in the system-board connector.  Incomplete insertion might cause damage to  the system board or the adapter.

    3.  Lower the tab -1- over the tab on the top corner  of adapter. Rotate the adapter retention latch  -2 clockwise until it snaps into place.

      Note:  The expansion slot also has an adapter  retention latch -8- at the end of the slot  toward the middle of the server. To remove  the adapter, you need to push this adapter  retention latch -8- away from the adapter  until the top edge of the adapter is past the latch.

  9.  Connect any needed cables to the adapter.
  10.  Enable the PCI slot from the operating system.  (Refer to the documentation that comes with the  operating system for information about enabling a  hot-plug PCI slot.) Make sure that the Power light  -5- for the hot-plug PCI slot is on.
  11.  If you have other options to install or remove, do so  now, otherwise, go to Completing the Installation

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