Dell PowerEdge R330 Owner's Manual

Removing the system board


CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that are shipped with your product.

NOTE: This is a Field Replaceable Unit (FRU). Removal and installation procedures must be performed only by Dell certified service technicians.

CAUTION: If you are using the Trusted Program Module (TPM) with an encryption key, you may be prompted to create a recovery key during program or System Setup. Be sure to create and safely store this recovery key. If you replace this system board, you must supply the recovery key when you restart your system or program before you can access the encrypted data on your hard drives.

CAUTION: Do not attempt to remove the TPM plug-in module from the system board. After the TPM plug-in module is installed, it is cryptographically bound to that specific system board. Any attempt to remove an installed TPM plug-in module breaks the cryptographic binding, and it cannot be re-installed or installed on another system board.

  1. Follow the safety guidelines listed in Safety instructions section.
  2. Keep the Phillips #2 screwdriver ready.
  3. Follow the procedure listed in Before working inside your system.
  4. Remove the following components:
    1. cooling shroud
    2. memory modules
    3. cooling fan cables
    4. expansion cards

    5. expansion card riser
    6. heat sink and processor
    7. iDRAC port card, if installed
    8. internal dual SD module, if installed


  1. Disconnect all cables from the system board.

    CAUTION: Take care not to damage the system identification button while removing the system board from the chassis.

  2. Remove the screws on the system board, and slide the system board toward the front of the chassis.
  3. Hold the system board by the touch points and lift it out of the chassis.

    CAUTION: To prevent damage to the system board, do not lift the system board by holding a memory module, processor, or other components; hold the system board by its edges only.

    Figure 1. Removing the system board
    This figure shows removing the system board.
    1. touch point (2)
    2. screw (8)
    3. system board

Next steps

  1. Install the system board.
  2. Follow the procedure listed in the After working inside your system section.

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