Installing an adapter

Use this information to install an adapter.

The following notes describe the types of adapters that the server supports and other information that you must consider when you install an adapter:

Note:
  • The instructions in this section apply to any supported adapter (for example, video graphics adapters or network adapters).
  • You must install an internal ServeRAID adapter in PCI riser-card assembly 2.
  • When you install an adapter, make sure that the adapter is correctly seated in the riser-card assembly and that the riser-card assembly is securely seated in the riser-card connector on the system board before you turn on the server. An incorrectly seated adapter might cause damage to the system board, the riser-card assembly, or the adapter.
  • Do not set the maximum digital video adapter resolution above 1600 x 1200 at 75 Hz for an LCD monitor. This is the highest resolution that is supported for any add-on video adapter that you install in the server.
  • Any high-definition video-out connector or stereo connector on any add-on video adapter is not supported

To install an adapter, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the safety information that begins in Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. Turn off the server (see Turning off the server) and all attached peripheral devices. Disconnect all power cords; then, disconnect all external cables from the server.
  3. Remove the top cover (see Removing the server top cover).
  4. Follow the cabling instructions, if any come with the adapter. Route the adapter cables before you install the adapter.
  5. Installing an adapter in PCI riser-card assembly 1:

    Insert the adapter into the PCI riser-card assembly, aligning the edge connector on the adapter with the connector on the PCI riser-card assembly. Press the edge of the connector firmly into the PCI riser-card assembly. Make sure that the adapter snaps into the PCI riser-card assembly securely.

    Figure 1. Adapter installation in PCI riser-card assembly 1
    Adapter installation in PCI riser-card assembly 1
  6. Installing a ServeRAID adapter in PCI riser-card assembly 2:
    1. Pull the release pin to unlock the release latch.
    2. Rotate the retention latch to the open position.
    3. Insert the adapter into the PCI riser-card assembly, aligning the edge connector on the adapter with the connector on the PCI riser-card assembly. Press the edge of the connector firmly into the PCI riser-card assembly. Make sure that the adapter snaps into the PCI riser-card assembly securely.
    4. Rotate the retention latch to the close position. Make sure the retention latch engages the adapter securely; then, push in the release pin to lock the retention latch.
    Figure 2. Adapter installation in PCI riser-card assembly 2
    Adapter installation in PCI riser-card assembly 2
  7. Install the PCI riser-card assembly in the server (see Installing a PCI riser-card assembly).
  8. Perform any configuration tasks that are required for the adapter.

If you have other devices to install or remove, do so now. Otherwise, go to Completing the installation.