Removing a system-board assembly

Use this information to remove a system-board assembly. There is a system-board assembly for both the upper and lower compute nodes. The upper and lower system-board assemblies are not the same and can not be interchanged. The procedure for removing both system-board assemblies is similar.

  • This procedure should be performed only by trained service technicians.
  • If possible, back up all compute node settings, including the settings for any options installed in the compute node.
Before you remove a system-board assembly, complete the following steps:
  1. Read Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. If the Flex System x222 Compute Node is installed in a chassis, remove it (see Removing a compute node from a chassis for instructions).
  3. Carefully lay the compute node on a flat, static-protective surface, orienting the compute node with the bezel pointing toward the left.
  4. Obtain the following for use during the replacement procedure (see Parts listing, Types 7916 and 2589).
    • Alcohol wipes
    • RFID tag (required only if replacing an upper compute node that came with an RFID tag attached to the bezel)
    • Thermal grease
Important: When you replace a system-board assembly, you must update the compute node with the latest firmware or restore the preexisting firmware. Make sure that you have the latest firmware or a copy of the preexisting firmware before you proceed. See Updating firmware and device drivers for more information.

See System-board layouts for more information about the locations of the connectors, jumpers, and LEDs on the system board.

To remove a system-board assembly, complete the following steps:

System-board assembly

  1. Remove the upper compute node (see Removing the upper compute node).
  2. Remove all of the installed components in the following list from the system-board assembly; then, place them on a static-protective surface or install them on the new system-board assembly.
  3. The new system-board assembly comes with an IBM Repair Identification (RID) tag. Using a ball point pen, transfer the machine type and serial number from the old system-board assembly to the two labels on the new IBM Repair Identification tag. If replacing the upper system-board assembly, place Tag 1 on the side of the upper tray assembly. If replacing the lower system-board assembly, place Tag 1 on the labeling tab and Tag 2 on the bottom of the lower tray assembly.
    IBM Repair Identification (RID) tag

If you are instructed to return a system-board assembly, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.