Remove a fabric connector

Use this information to remove a fabric connector.

Before you remove the fabric connector, complete the following steps:
  1. Read Installation Guidelines and Safety to ensure that you work safely.

  2. If the compute node is installed in a chassis, remove it (see Remove a compute node for instructions).
  3. Carefully lay the compute node on a flat, static-protective surface.
  4. Obtain a long shank #1 Phillips screwdriver.
  5. Remove the compute node cover (see Remove the compute node cover for instructions).

When you remove the fabric connector, the UEFI firmware holds the Ethernet controller in reset and displays a warning message, if an I/O expansion adapter is not installed in the I/O expansion connector 1 to provide connectivity to the chassis.

To remove a fabric connector, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure. A video of the process is available:
Figure 1. Fabric connector removal
Graphic illustrating removing a fabric connector.

  1. Locate the fabric connector on the system board (see System-board connectors for instructions).
  2. Using a long shank #1 Phillips screwdriver, loosen the four captive screws that secure the fabric connector. The four screws are located in the four holes on the top of the fabric connector.
  3. Lift the fabric connector from the system board and store it in a safe place.

If you are instructed to return the fabric connector, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

If you have removed the fabric connector to install an I/O expansion adapter in I/O expansion connector 3, keep the fabric connector in a safe place for future use.