Replacing a PCI-X assembly with a PCI Express assembly

Use this information to replace a PCI-X assembly with a PCI Express assembly.

The server comes with one PCI riser-card assembly installed in slot 2. You can replace a PCI-X riser-card assembly with a PCI Express riser-card assembly.

To replace a PCI-X riser-card assembly with a PCI Express riser-card assembly, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the safety information that begins on Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. Turn off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect all power cords.
  3. Remove the cover (see Removing the cover).
  4. Remove the PCI-X riser-card assembly from the system board:
    1. If an adapter is installed in the riser-card assembly, disconnect any cables that are connected to the adapter.
    2. Grasp the riser-card assembly at the rear edge and lift it from the riser-card connector on the system board.
    3. Remove the adapter, if one is present, from the riser-card assembly.
    4. Store the riser-card assembly and the adapter in a safe place for possible future use.
  5. Install a PCI Express adapter in the PCI Express riser-card assembly. See Installing an adapter for more information. Set any jumpers or switches on the adapter as directed by the adapter manufacturer.
    Note: You might have to replace the bracket when you replace a PCI-X assembly with a PCI Express assembly.
  6. Insert the PCI Express riser-card assembly into the riser-card connector on the system board. Make sure that it is fully seated.

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