Acer Altos G530
Quick Start User's Guide
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The following information will help you assemble
your Acer Server Platform and install components.
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If you are not familiar with ESD (Electrostatic Discharge) procedures
used during system integration, please see the Acer Altos G530 User's Guide,
available at http://global.acer.com/support/index.htm
Installing the DIMM memory
Notes and Cautions:
1. You must install the correct DIMMs to avoid possible
damage to the mainboard's DIMM sockets. The
mainboard requires DDR2-400 registered compliant
2. When a single DIMM is used, it must be installed in
the socket labeled DIMM 1B.
3. Population order: 1B, 1A, 2B, and 2A
4. Memory in DIMM 2B and 2A must be populated in pairs.
5. The DIMM size, speed and manufacturer must be the
same within a bank.
6. Memory sizing and configuration is guaranteed only for
qualified DIMMs approved by Acer.
Making connections to the mainboard
A: Main power connector
C: Auxiliary signal connector
E: +12V CPU power connector
I: Front panel connector
J: Chassis intrusion connector
K: IDE connector
L: FDD connector
M: Hot-plug backplane connector
O: SATA A1 and A2 connectors
CPU/System fan connections
B: System fan 1 connector
D: System fan 2 connector
F: CPU 1 fan connector
G: CPU 2 fan connector
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Color: Pantone 329 CV + CMYK
Size: 22" x 17" or ( 558.8mm x 431.8mm )
DDR2 DIMM memory identification
The table below lists the supported memory installation
based on memory interleave configuration.
The illustration below shows the correct alignment
between the DIMM notch and the mainboard DIMM
socket. DDR and DDR2 DIMM notches align differently.
Before installing your DIMMs, make sure the notch
DIMM 1B DIMM 1A DIMM 2B DIMM 2A
in the DIMMs align correctly with your mainboard.
Before installing the operating system, you must make I/O connections
and plug in AC power.
1. Connect your keyboard, mouse, video and other I/O cables as shown.
2. Connect the AC power cable.
Removing the left-side panel
1. Remove the two screws
To avoid integration difficulties and
located on the rear edge
possible mainboard damage,
of the left-side panel.
your system must meet the following
2. Press the left-side
panel release button.
3. Slide the left-side panel
Processor: One Intel Xeon 2.8 GHz
toward the rear before
processor with 800 MHz FSB.
detaching it from
Memory: Minimum of one 512 MB,
DDR2 400 MHz unbuffered, 240-pin
gold SDRAM DIMM.
Installing the processor
B. Install the processor
Notes and Cautions:
1. When unpacking a processor, hold by the edges
only to avoid touching the pins.
2. The Altos G530 mainboard has a "zero-insertion force"
1. Orient the processor with
socket. If the processor does not drop easily into socket,
the socket so that the proc
make sure lever is in the full-open position.
essor cut out matches the
3. When installing an additional processor, make sure it
has the same stepping and running values at the same
2. Install the processor as shown.
frequency specifications as the default processor.
A. Open the socket retainer lever
Pull the socket retainer
C. Close the socket retainer lever
lever to a fully open,
Press the socket retainer
lever down to lock
processor in place.
Installing the four-bay
The Altos G530 accepts the following HDD cages:
- Hot-plug SATA/SCSI HDD cages
- Easy-swap SATA/SCS HDD cages
The main difference between a hot-plug and easy-swap
HDD cage is the presence of a backplane board on the
rear side of the hot-plug HDD cage.
To install the DIMM:
To install the HDD cage:
Open both clips on the socket.
1. Slide the cage into the chassis until it locks into place
Align then insert the DIMM into
with an audible click.
2. Attach the power and SATA/SCSI cables to the HDD.
Press the holding clips inward to
lock the DIMM into place.
Check that socket levers are
Mainboard component layout
1: USB ports
17: Clear CMOS, Clear password and
2: Top: PS/2 mouse port
Recovery boot jumper
Bottom: PS/2 keyboard port
18: Primary IDE connector
3: Serial A port
19: FDD connector
4: VGA/monitor port
20: SCSI channel connector
5: Gigabit LAN 1 port (RJ-45)
21: SATA connectors
Gigabit LAN 2 port (RJ-45)
22: Hot-plug backplane connector
6: System fan 1 connector
23: Front panel LED connector
7: Auxillary power supply signal connector
24: I C connector (reserved for ARMC/2)
8: System fan 2 connector
25: CMOS Battery
9: Power supply connector
26: USB 3 and 4 connector
10: DIMM 1B to 1A sockets
27: Chassis intrusion connector
11: DIMM 2B to 2A sockets
28: Serial B connector
12: CPU power supply connector
29: SCSI LED connector
13: CPU 1 socket
30: PCI-X slots (64-bit/66 MHz)
14: CPU 2 socket
31: PCI slots (32-bit/33 MHz)
15: CPU 1 fan connector
32: PCI-Express slot (with x4 throughput)
16: CPU 2 fan connector
Removing the front bezel
1. Locate the system keys (if necessary) and unlock
the system lock on the bezel door.
2. With your finger, slightly bend the plastic retention tabs
to release the latches (1).
3. Gently pull and detach the bezel from the chassis (2).
Installing the heat sink-fan assembly
1. Align the HSF assembly to the processor.
2. Using the screwdriver, tighten the heat sink's four
screws to secure it to the mainboard.
3. Connect the CPU fan cable to its
Note: The fan should face the DIMM module's direction.
Installing a hard disk
A. Install a hard disk on the carrier
Install a hard disk on the hard disk carrier (1),
then secure it with the four screws
that came with the carrier (2).
B. Install the hard disk carrier
1. Insert the hard disk carrier into the
cage with the lever still extended.
2. Make sure that the drive is properly
inserted before closing the lever,
then push the lever back until it
clicks into place.