Moving PCIe cards

As part of the controller replacement process, you must remove both PCIe riser modules, Riser 2 (the middle riser) and Riser 3 (riser on the far right) from the impaired controller module, remove the PCIe cards from the riser modules, and install them in the same riser modules in the replacement controller module. You will install the riser modules into the replacement controller module once the DIMMs have been moved to the replacement controller module.


  1. If you are not already grounded, properly ground yourself.
  2. Remove the PCIe riser from the controller module:
    1. Remove any SFP modules that might be in the PCIe cards.
    2. Rotate the module locking latch on the left side of the riser up and toward the fan modules.
      The PCIe riser raises up slightly from the controller module.
    3. Lift the PCIe riser up, shift it toward the fans so that the sheet metal lip on the riser clears the edge of the controller module, lift the riser out of the controller module, and then place it on a stable, flat surface.

      Air duct
      Riser locking latch
      Card locking bracket
      Riser 2 (middle riser) and PCI cards in riser slots 2 and 3.
  3. Remove the PCIe card from the riser:
    1. Turn the riser so that you can access the PCIe card.
    2. Press the locking bracket on the side of the PCIe riser, and then rotate it to the open position.
    3. Remove the PCIe card from the riser.
  4. Remove the corresponding riser from the replacement controller module.
  5. Install the PCIe card into the same slot in PCIe riser:
    1. Align the card with the card guide on the riser and the card socket in the riser, and then slide it squarely into the socket in the riser.
      Note: Make sure that the card is completely and squarely seated into the riser socket.
    2. Swing the locking latch into place until it clicks into the locked position.
  6. Repeat the preceding steps for Riser 3 and PCIe cards in slots 4 and 5 in the impaired controller module.