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Dell™ OptiPlex™ 760 Service Manual

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Cards

WARNING: 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.
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
CAUTION: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain FCC certification of the computer. The brackets keep dust and dirt out of your computer and maintains the airflow that cools your computer.

Your Dell™ computer provides the following connectors on the system board for PCI and PCI Express cards:

NOTE: Your Dell computer includes only PCI and PCI Express card connectors. ISA cards are not supported.

PCI Cards

Installing a PCI Card

If you are replacing a PCI card, remove the current driver for the card from the operating system. See the documentation that came with the card for information.

  1. Follow the procedures in Working on Your Computer.

  2. Remove the computer cover (see Removing the Computer Cover).

  3. Gently lift the release tab on the card-retention latch all the way up.

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card

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retention latch

3

system board connector

4

release tab

  1. If you are installing a card in an empty card connector on the system board, remove the filler bracket to create a card-slot opening at the back of the computer. Then continue with step 6.

  2. If you are installing a card to replace one already installed in the computer, remove the installed card (see Removing a PCI Card).

  3. Prepare the card for installation.

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

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release tab on card-retention latch

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card

3

card-edge connector

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card connector

WARNING: Some network adapters automatically start the computer when they are connected to a network. To guard against electrical shock, be sure to unplug your computer from its electrical outlet before installing any cards.
  1. If you are installing a PCI Express x16 card, hold the securing-tab release lever away from the card connector as you insert the new card into the connector slot.

  2. Place the card in the connector and press down firmly. Using the following illustration as a guide, ensure that the card is fully seated in the slot.

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card fully seated

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card not fully seated

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bracket within slot

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bracket caught outside of slot

NOTE: If you are installing a PCI Express x16 card, ensure that the securing tab on the connector's release lever fits into the notch on the front end of the card.
  1. Gently rotate the release tab downward to move the card-retention latch into place to secure the cards.

CAUTION: 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.

  2. Replace the computer cover (see Replacing the Computer Cover), reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.

CAUTION: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into the computer.
  1. If you installed a sound card:

    1. Enter system setup, select System Configuration® Miscellaneous Devices, and change the Audio setting to Disabled. (See Entering System Setup).

    1. Connect external audio devices to the sound card's connectors. Do not connect external audio devices to the microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back panel of the computer.

CAUTION: If you disable the integrated network adapter, you will not have AMT functionality.
  1. If you installed a network adapter card and want to turn off the integrated network adapter:

    1. Enter system setup, select System Configuration® Integrated NIC, and change the setting to Disabled (see Entering System Setup).

    1. Connect the network cable to the network adapter card's connectors. Do not connect the network cable to the integrated network connector on the back panel of the computer.

  2. Install any drivers required for the card as described in the card documentation.

Removing a PCI Card

  1. Follow the procedures in Working on Your Computer.

  2. Remove the computer cover (see Removing the Computer Cover).

  3. Gently rotate lift the release tab on the card-retention latch.

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card

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card-retention latch

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system board connector

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card insert

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release tab

 

 

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

  2. If you are replacing a PCI Express x16 card, remove the installed card by gently pulling the release lever away from the card until you release the securing tab from the dent in the card.

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PCI Express x16 card

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release lever

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securing slot (not all cards)

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securing tab

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PCI Express x16 card connector

 

 

  1. Grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it out of its connector.

  2. If you are removing the card permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening.

NOTE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain FCC certification of the computer. The brackets keep dust and dirt out of your computer and maintain the airflow that cools your computer.
  1. Rotate the release tab downward to snap the card-retention latch into place.

CAUTION: To connect a network cable, first plug the cable into the network wall jack and then plug it into the computer.
  1. Replace the computer cover (see Replacing the Computer Cover), reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.

  2. Uninstall the card's driver. See the documentation that came with the card for instructions.

  3. If you removed a sound card:

    1. Enter system setup, select System Configuration® Miscellaneous Devices, and change the Audio setting to Enabled (see Entering System Setup).

    1. Connect external audio devices to the sound card's connectors. Do not connect external audio devices to the microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back panel of the computer.

  4. If you removed a network adapter card and want to turn on the integrated network adapter:

    1. Enter system setup, select System Configuration® Integrated NIC, and change the setting to Enabled (see Entering System Setup).

    1. Connect the network cable to the integrated the back panel of the computer.

Removing a PCI Card From the Riser-Card Cage

  1. Follow the procedures in Working on Your Computer.

  2. Remove the computer cover (see Removing the Computer Cover).

  3. Remove the riser-card cage:

    1. Check any cables connected to cards through the back panel openings. Disconnect any cables that will not reach the riser-card cage once they are removed from the computer.

    1. Gently pull on the handle and lift the riser-card cage up and away from the computer.

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riser-card cage

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handle

  1. Press in on the tab to raise the card-retention latch.

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

  3. Grasp the card by its top corners, and ease it out of its connector.

  4. If you are removing the card permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening.

NOTE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain FCC certification of the computer. The brackets keep dust and dirt out of your computer and maintain the airflow that cools your computer.
  1. Lower the card-retention latch and press it into place.

  2. Replace the riser-card cage:

    1. Align the tabs in the side of the riser-card cage with the slots on the side of the computer, and slide the riser-card cage down into place.

    1. Ensure that the riser cards are fully seated in the connectors on the system board.

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riser-card cage

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slots

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riser cards

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system board connectors

  1. Replace the computer cover (see Replacing the Computer Cover), reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.

  2. Uninstall the card's driver. See the documentation that came with the card for instructions.

  3. If you removed a sound card:

    1. Enter system setup, select System Configuration® Miscellaneous Devices, and change the Audio setting to Enabled. (See Entering System Setup).

    1. Connect external audio devices to the sound card's connectors. Do not connect external audio devices to the microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back panel of the computer.

  4. If you removed a network adapter card and want to turn on the integrated network adapter:

    1. Enter system setup, select System Configuration® Integrated NIC, and change the setting to Enabled. (See Entering System Setup).

    1. Connect the network cable to the integrated the back panel of the computer.

Installing a PCI Card in the Riser-Card Cage

  1. Follow the procedures in Working on Your Computer.

  2. Remove the computer cover (see Removing the Computer Cover).

  3. If applicable, remove the card installed in the SLOT2 connector on the system board.

  4. Remove the riser-card cage:

    1. Check any cables connected to cards through the back panel openings. Disconnect any cables that will not reach the riser-card cage once they are removed from the computer.

    1. Gently pull on the handle and lift the riser-card cage up and away from the computer.

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riser-card cage

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handle

  1. If you are installing a new card, remove the filler bracket to create an empty card-slot opening.

If you are replacing a card that is already installed in the computer, remove the card. If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the card. Grasp the card by its corners, and ease it out of its connector.

NOTE: See the documentation that came with the card for information on configuring the card, making internal connections, or customizing it for your computer.
  1. Prepare the new card for installation.

WARNING: Some network adapters automatically start the computer when they are connected to a network. To guard against electrical shock, be sure to unplug your computer from its electrical outlet before installing any cards.
  1. Press the release tab to raise the card-retention latch.

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release tab

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card-retention latch

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card

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card-edge connector

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card connector

 

 

  1. Insert the card firmly into the card connector on the riser-card cage.

  2. Lower the card-retention latch and press it into place, securing the card(s) in the computer.

  3. Replace the riser-card cage:

    1. Align the tabs in the side of the riser-card cage with the slots on the side of the computer, and slide the riser-card cage down into place.

    1. Ensure that the riser cards are fully seated in the connectors on the system board.

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riser-card cage

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slots

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riser cards

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system board connectors

  1. Reconnect any cables that you removed in step 4.

  2. Connect any cables that should be attached to the card.

CAUTION: 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. Replace the computer cover (see Replacing the Computer Cover), reconnect the computer and devices to electrical outlets, and then turn them on.

  2. If you installed a sound card:

    1. Enter system setup, select System Configuration® Miscellaneous Devices, and change the Audio setting to Disabled (see Entering System Setup).

    1. Connect external audio devices to the sound card's connectors. Do not connect external audio devices to the microphone, speaker/headphone, or line-in connectors on the back panel of the computer.

  3. If you installed a network adapter card and want to turn off the integrated network adapter:

    1. Enter system setup, select System Configuration® Integrated NIC, and change the setting to Disabled. (See Entering System Setup).

    1. Connect the network cable to the network adapter card's connectors. Do not connect the network cable to the integrated network connector on the back panel of the computer.

CAUTION: If you disable the integrated network adapter, you will not have AMT functionality.
  1. Install any drivers required for the card as described in the card documentation.

PS/2 Serial Port Adapter

WARNING: 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.
CAUTION: To prevent static damage to components inside your computer, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of your computer's electronic components. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.

Installing a PS/2 Serial Port Adapter

  1. Follow the procedures in Working on Your Computer.

  2. Remove the computer cover (see Removing the Computer Cover).

  3. Gently lift the release tab on the card retention latch from the inside to pivot the latch open. Pivot the latch until it snaps into the open position.

  4. Remove the filler bracket (if applicable).

NOTE: See the documentation that came with the adapter for information on configuring the adapter, making internal connections, or customizing it for your computer.
  1. Align the PS/2 serial-port adapter bracket in the retention slot and press down firmly. Ensure that the adapter is fully seated in the slot.



  2. Before you close the card retention mechanism, ensure that:

  3. Secure the card(s) by closing the card retention latch and snapping it into place.

CAUTION: Do not route card cables over the cards. Cables routed over the cards can prevent the computer cover from closing properly or cause damage to the equipment.

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release tab

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adapter retention latch

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PS/2 serial-port adapter bracket

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serial port adapter connector

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serial port adapter system board connector (SERIAL2)

 

 

  1. Connect the adapter cable to the PS/2 serial port adapter connector (SERIAL2) on the system board (see System Board Components).

NOTE: See the documentation for the PS/2 serial port adapter for information about the cable connections.
  1. Replace the computer cover (see Replacing the Computer Cover).

Removing a PS/2 Serial Port Adapter

  1. Follow the procedures in Working on Your Computer.

  2. Remove the computer cover (see Removing the Computer Cover).

  3. Gently lift the release tab on the card retention latch from the inside to pivot the latch open. Pivot the latch until it snaps into the open position.

  4. Disconnect the PS/2 serial-port cable from the system board (see System Board Components).



  5. Ease the PS/2 serial-port adapter bracket out of its retention slot.

  6. If you are removing the adapter permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening.

NOTE: Installing filler brackets over empty card-slot openings is necessary to maintain FCC certification of the computer. The brackets keep dust and dirt out of your computer and maintain the airflow that cools your computer.
  1. Before you close the card retention mechanism, ensure that:

  2. Secure any remaining card(s) by closing the card retention latch and snapping it into place.

  3. Replace the computer cover (see Replacing the Computer Cover).

Installing a PS/2 Serial Port Adapter in the Riser-Card Cage

  1. Follow the procedures in Working on Your Computer.

  2. Remove the computer cover (see Removing the Computer Cover).

  3. Remove the riser-card cage:

    1. Check any cables connected to cards through the back panel openings. Disconnect any cables that will not reach the riser-card cage once they are removed from the computer.

    1. Rotate the riser-card cage handle up and gently pull on the handle to lift the riser-card cage up and away from the computer.

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riser-card cage

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handle

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riser cards (2)

 

 

  1. Gently lift the release tab on the card retention latch from the inside to pivot the latch open. Pivot the latch until it snaps into the open position.

  2. If you are installing a new PS/2 serial port adapter, remove the filler bracket to create an empty card-slot opening.

  3. If you are replacing a PS/2 adapter that is already installed in the computer, remove the adapter.

  4. If necessary, disconnect any cables connected to the adapter.

WARNING: To guard against electrical shock, be sure to unplug your computer from its electrical outlet before installing any cards or adapters.
  1. Align the PS/2 serial-port adapter bracket in the retention slot and press down firmly. Ensure that the adapter is fully seated in the slot.

  2. Before you close the card retention mechanism, ensure that:

  3. Secure the card(s) by closing the card retention latch and snapping it into place.

CAUTION: Do not route card cables over the cards. Cables routed over the cards can prevent the computer cover from closing properly or cause damage to the equipment.
  1. Connect the adapter cable to the PS/2 serial port adapter connector (PS2/SERIAL2) on the system board (see System Board Components).

  2. Replace the riser-card cage:

    1. Align the tabs in the side of the riser-card cage with the slots on the side of the computer, and slide the riser-card cage down into place.

    1. Ensure that the riser-card connectors are fully seated in the connectors on the system board.

    2. Rotate the riser-card cage handle to the down position.

  3. Connect any disconnected cables.

  4. Replace the computer cover (see Replacing the Computer Cover).

  5. Install any drivers required for the PS/2 serial port adapter.

Removing a PS/2 Serial Port Adapter From the Riser-Card Cage

  1. Follow the procedures in Working on Your Computer.

  2. Remove the computer cover (see Removing the Computer Cover).

  3. Remove the riser-card cage:

    1. Check any cables connected to cards through the back panel openings. Disconnect any cables that will not reach the riser-card cage once they are removed from the computer.

    1. Rotate the riser-card cage handle up and gently pull on the handle and lift the riser-card cage up and away from the computer.

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riser-card cage

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handle

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riser cards (2)

 

 

  1. Gently lift the release tab on the card retention latch from the inside to pivot the latch open. Pivot the latch until it snaps into the open position.

  2. Disconnect the PS/2 serial-port cable from the system board (see System Board Components).

  3. Grasp the PS/2 serial-port adapter bracket by its top corners, and ease it out of its connector.

  4. If you are removing the adapter permanently, install a filler bracket in the empty card-slot opening.

NOTE: 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. Before you close the card retention mechanism, ensure that:

  2. Secure the card(s) by closing the card retention latch and snapping it into place.

  3. Replace the riser-card cage:

    1. Align the tabs in the side of the riser-card cage with the slots on the side of the computer, and slide the riser-card cage down into place.

    1. Ensure that the riser-card connectors are fully seated in the connectors on the system board.

    2. Rotate the riser-card cage handle to the down position.

  4. Replace the computer cover (see Replacing the Computer Cover).

  5. Uninstall the adapter's driver. See the documentation that came with the adapter for instructions.


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