Working with Adapters
You can add adapters to extend the capabilities and power of the server.
Many adapters provide bus-master capabilities, which enable the adapters to perform operations without interrupting the server's microprocessors.
You add adapters to the expansion connectors, called slots, on the I/O board of the server.
All slots are peripheral component interconnect (PCI) expansion slots.
The server supports up to 12 adapters in the PCI slots.
You can install a new PCI adapter or replace an existing PCI adapter with the same type of adapter without turning the server power off and restarting the system.
These slots are called hot-pluggable PCI slots. They are also referred to as hot-plug PCI slots.
Hot-plug requires support from both the operating system and the adapter device driver.
A PCI adapter comes with built-in identification and configuration specifications (set in memory on the device) that provide installation information to the server during startup.
This information is read by the input/output (I/O) bus and interpreted by the server BIOS.
The BIOS routines automatically configure the adapter around the resources already in use by other devices.
The server comes with a video controller. This video controller is an integrated component on the I/O function card. The integrated video controller has super video graphics array (SVGA) technology.
The integrated video controller is not removable.
If you want to disable this controller and use a video adapter instead, you can install a video adapter in an expansion slot.
When you install a PCI video adapter, the server BIOS automatically disables the integrated video controller.
The integrated video controller has 1 MB of video memory.
The integrated video controller supports the following screen resolutions:
LEDs for PCI Slots: Each PCI slot has three lights associated with it - two Attention lights and one Power On light.
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