Frequently Asked Questions Q: How do I utilize the Hot-Plug PCI features of the 995 server?A: The hot-plug PCI slots on the 995 server allow you to hot-add, hot-remove, and hot-upgrade any PCI card located in the last four PCI-X slots (slots 5-8), as long as your operating system has support for this feature. At the time of this writing, only Microsoft® Windows® operating systems have support for this feature. In order to hot-add, hot-remove, or hot-upgrade you must have the Hot-Plug PCI driver loaded within your operating system before attempting to use these features.
To hot-add a PCI card you must eject the green PCI slot cover through the back of the 995 server, insert your PCI card, and then close the green PCI slot cover. After you close the green cover, you should notice three things that immediately happen:
To hot-remove a PCI card you must first double-click the icon previously referenced. Then, select the card you wish to remove from the server, and then click Stop. After clicking Stop, a dialog box appears prompting that you would like to stop that particular card. Click OK. Next, another dialog box appears prompting that you may now safely remove the card from the machine. Click OK. If you now take a look at the PCI slot that houses the PCI card that was stopped, you will notice there is now an amber blinking light above the slot. This amber blinking light symbolizes that power has been shut off to that particular PCI slot and that you may now eject the green PCI slot cover through the back of the server and safely remove your PCI card.
If you are attempting to hot-upgrade a PCI card, please follow the steps to first hot-remove the PCI card and then to hot-add the card into the same slot.