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Replacing a PCI/PCI Express Card

Dell™ Inspiron™ 518/519 Service Manual

  Removing a PCI/PCI Express Card

  Installing a PCI/PCI Express Card

  Replacing the Card Retention Bracket

  Configuring Your Computer After Removing or Installing a PCI/PCI Express Card


CAUTION: Before working inside your computer, read the safety information that shipped with your computer. For additional safety best practices information, see the Regulatory Compliance Homepage at www.dell.com/regulatory_compliance.

Removing a PCI/PCI Express Card

  1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin.

  2. Uninstall the card's driver and software from the operating system. For more information, see the Quick Reference Guide.

  3. Remove the computer cover. See Removing the Computer Cover.

  4. Remove the screw holding the card retention bracket.

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card retention bracket

2

filler bracket

  1. Lift the card retention bracket and set it aside in a secure place.

  2. If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card.

  3. If you are replacing an existing card, go to step 6 of Installing a PCI/PCI Express Card.

  4. Install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening.

NOTICE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain FCC certification of the computer. The brackets also keep dust and dirt out of your computer.
  1. Replace the card retention bracket. See Replacing the Card Retention Bracket.

  2. Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.

  3. To complete the removal procedure, see Configuring Your Computer After Removing or Installing a PCI/PCI Express Card.


Installing a PCI/PCI Express Card

  1. Follow the procedures in Before You Begin.

  2. Remove the computer cover. See Removing the Computer Cover.

  3. Remove the screw holding the card retention bracket.

  4. Lift the card retention bracket and set it aside in a secure place.

  5. Remove the filler bracket to create a card-slot opening.

  6. Prepare the card for installation.

See the documentation that came with the card for information on configuring the card, making internal connections, or otherwise customizing it for your computer.

  1. Align the card with the connector.

NOTE: If you are installing a PCI Express card into the x16 connector, ensure that the securing slot is aligned with the securing tab.

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PCI Express x16 card

2

securing tab

3

PCI Express x1 card

4

PCI Express x1 card slot

5

PCI Express x16 card slot

 

 

  1. Place the card in the connector and press down firmly. Ensure that the card is fully seated in the slot.

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alignment bar

2

fully-seated card

3

not fully-seated card

4

alignment guide

5

bracket within slot

6

bracket caught outside of slot

  1. Replace the card retention bracket. See Replacing the Card Retention Bracket.

NOTICE: Do not route card cables over or behind the cards. Cables routed over the cards can prevent the computer cover from closing properly or cause damage to the equipment.
  1. Connect any cables that should be attached to the card.

See the documentation for the card for information about the card's cable connections.

  1. Replace the computer cover, reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.

  2. To complete the installation, see Configuring Your Computer After Removing or Installing a PCI/PCI Express Card.


Replacing the Card Retention Bracket

Replace the card retention bracket ensuring that:

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alignment guide

2

filler bracket

3

alignment bar

4

card retention bracket

5

guide clamp (2)

6

guide notch (2)


Configuring Your Computer After Removing or Installing a PCI/PCI Express Card

NOTE: For information on location of connectors, see the Quick Reference Guide. For information on installing drivers and software for your card, see the documentation that shipped with the card.

 

Installed

Removed

Sound Card

  1. Enter system setup (see System Setup)
  2. Go to Integrated Peripherals and select Onboard Audio Controller, and then change the setting to Disabled.
  3. Connect the external audio devices to the sound card's connectors.
  1. Enter system setup (see System Setup)
  2. Go to Integrated Peripherals and select Onboard Audio Controller, and then change the setting to Enabled.
  3. Connect the external audio devices to the computer's back panel connectors.

Network Card

  1. Enter system setup (see System Setup)
  2. Go to Integrated Peripherals and select Onboard LAN Controller, and then change the setting to Disabled.
  3. Connect the network cable to the network card's connector.
  1. Enter system setup (see System Setup)
  2. Go to Integrated Peripherals and select Onboard LAN Controller, and then change the setting to Enabled.
  3. Connect the network cable to the integrated network connector.


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