Installing a Dell PowerEdge 2950 System Board

By Dylan Kerling – Velocity Tech Solutions

With your current system board removed from your machine and all of your parts at the ready, start out by lowering the new board in the same way you lifted it out. You can do so by lowering it in. Once it is lowered, push back until you hear it click, securing it in place.

Fig. 1 - Install Rear Risers

Fig. 1Install Rear Risers

At this point, you should install the rear risers along with the backplane (Fig. 1). Once you have those installed, reinstall the side plane and the plastic fan mount. You will notice on the right side of the fan mount, where it meets the right side of the case, there are two little tabs. These will enter two little openings on the metal that allow it to secure into place.

Once you have the fan mounts back into the proper location, you can reattach the raid controller into the internal storage controller slot (Fig. 2).

Fig. 2 - Reattach Raid Controller

Fig. 2Reattach Raid Controller

At this point, I usually reinstall the CPU and RAM. When going to install the CPU, look for the two indents on the side that should be across from each other. Line that up with the small indent on the CPU socket. It will be the only way the CPU sits flush. If it doesn’t seem to be sitting right, DO NOT lower the lever or attempt to secure it or else you may damage the pins.

Reinstall the RAM in the same layout as you had before. Reattach the black shroud and reroute the DVD drive cable through the routing area (Fig. 3). Finally, slide back in your power supplies and you should be all set to go. This completes the installation of the system board in the Dell PowerEdge 2950 server.

Fig. 3 - Reroute DVD Cable

Fig. 3Reroute DVD Cable

Don’t forget to check out the video to this article and our video tutorials at our YouTube channel: velocity783.

PLUS: If you need it, we also have a related article & video on removing the PowerEdge 2950 system board.

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