Hot-plug PCI adapter installation - (NF 8500R - Type 8681)

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-plug 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.


  1.  You do not need to turn off the server to install or remove a hot-plug PCI adapter.
  2.  When you install an adapter, be sure that the gold-edge connectors on the adapter match the connectors in the PCI slot.

Before you begin:

  -Attention- 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.

Note: The illustrations in this section might differ slightly from your hardware.


-1- Tab
-2- Adapter retention latch
-3- Expansion-slot cover
-4- Adapter retention cover

To install a hot-plug PCI adapter:
  1.  If you have not already done so, remove the top cover (see 'Removing the top cover').

      -Attention- If the server is on, do not leave the top cover off  for more than 30 minutes at a time.

  2.  Determine which expansion slot you will use for the adapter.

    Note: Check the instructions that come with the adapter for any requirements or restrictions.

  3.  Disable the PCI slot from the operating system.
     Make sure that the Power On light for the PCI slot is off.
     See below following step 12 for the Power On light location.
     (Refer to the documentation that comes with the operating system for information about disabling a hot-plug PCI slot.)
  4.  Remove the expansion-slot cover -3-:

    1.  Rotate the adapter retention latch -2- to the open (unlocked) position.
    2.  Lift the tab -1- at the top of the expansion-slot cover to the open (unlocked) position.
    3.  Remove the expansion-slot cover -3- from the server.
       Store it in a safe place for future use.

        -Attention- 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.  If you are installing a full-length adapter, open the adapter retention cover -4-.

    1.  Press outward on the adapter retention assembly where indicated by the arrow.
    2.  Continue pressing on the assembly as described in (above) step 5a, and lift the adapter retention  cover -4-.

  6.  Refer to the documentation that comes with the adapter for any cabling instructions.
     It might be easier for you to route any internal cables before you install the adapter.
  7.  Touch the static-protective package containing the adapter to any unpainted metal surface on the server.
     Then, remove the adapter from the static-protective package.

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

  8.  Place the adapter, component-side up, on a flat, static-protective surface.
  9.  Set any jumpers or switches as described by the adapter manufacturer.
     Refer to the following illustrations while you perform the following steps.

     -1- Tab
     -2- Adapter retention latch
     -3- Adapter
     -4- Adapter retention cover

  10.  Install the adapter:

    1.  Carefully grasp the adapter -3- by its top edge or upper corners, and align it with the expansion  slot on the I/O board.

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

    2.  Press the adapter firmly  into the expansion slot.
    3.  If you are installing a full-length adapter, close the adapter retention cover -4-.
    4.  Lower the tab -1- over the adapter.
       Rotate the adapter retention latch -2- until it snaps in place (the locked position).

  11.  If you have not already done so, connect any cables to the adapter.
  12.  Enable the PCI slot from the operating system.
     Make sure that the Power On light -5- for the PCI slot is on.

      -Attention- If the installed adapter is not supported by the  hot-plug capability of the operating system, shut down and restart the server.

  13.  If you have other options to install or remove, do so now; otherwise, continue with 'Completing the installation'.

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