By Dylan Kerling – Velocity Tech Solutions
Today’s tech article covers the process of removing a Dell PowerEdge 2900 system board.
To begin, make sure that everything is unplugged. Then, proceed to open the case. Once inside, the first thing you are going to need to do is remove the fan assemblies (Fig. 1). In order to remove the row of three fans in the front of the machine, you will need to unplug the cables leading to the raid controller and the SATA data cable for the DVD drive, if your server has one.
Next, lift out both fan assemblies by pushing in the plastic locking pieces, shown here (Fig. 2). With these fans removed, it is recommended to remove the components on the board, at this point. Disconnect all power cables, remove the CPUs (processors), RAM (memory) and any expansion cards that are currently connected on the board.
Next, we are going to remove the PCI card cage which is located in the rear left of the case. You will need to remove the raid controller since that is mounted on the card cage itself. It will be held down by two plastic rails that it slides onto. By pushing them back, you are able to pull the card up and out of the PCI slot. Pull up the blue tab and other latching tab, located on the cage (Fig. 3).
From there, you are going to remove the board itself. Locate the blue tab at the front of the mother board tray (Fig. 4). Pull that tab up and pull the board towards you until it can’t move forward any further. Finally, you are going to need to pull the system board up and out. I usually angle the board so that it is being pulled up and to the left (as the black plastic fan guides on the right hand side of the case will make it difficult to pull the board out).
This completes the removal of the system board in the Dell PowerEdge 2900 server. You are now ready to install a new system board.
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