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Hardware Installation: Broadcom CryptoNetX SSL Accelerator Adapter User Guide

System Requirements Safety Precautions Pre-Installation Checklist Adapter Installation Procedure

Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

System Requirements

Windows 2000 Server Family

Before installing the CryptoNetX SSL Accelerator adapter, verify that your computer meets the following hardware and software requirements:


Before installing the CryptoNetX SSL Accelerator adapter, verify that your computer meets the following hardware and software requirements:

Note: Although the BCM5820 driver should work with many Linux kernel versions and distributions, it has only been tested on Red Hat 7.2 Linux distributions for the i386 platform. Furthermore, the driver has been tested only as a loadable module. Red Hat version 7.2 is the recommended distribution to use.

Safety Precautions

Warning: You can receive a serious, if not lethal, electrical shock, or you can damage your computer if you do not observe the following safety precautions while installing the adapter.

Pre-Installation Checklist

  1. Verify that your computer meets the hardware and software requirements listed under System Requirements.
  2. Verify that your computer is using the latest BIOS.
  3. A file called Release.txt is included with the drivers. This file may contain last-minute changes or notices that may affect installation. Review the information in this file before installing the adapter.
  4. If your computer is on, turn it off by following appropriate shutdown procedures.
  5. When system shutdown is complete, turn off the power and unplug your computer.
  6. Hold the adapter by the edges and remove it from its shipping package. If you need to lay the adapter down before you install it, place it on an antistatic surface.
  7. Check the adapter for visible signs of damage, particularly on the edge connector. Do not install a damaged adapter. Inform Dell if the adapter is damaged.

Adapter Installation Procedure

See System Requirements, Safety Precautions, and Pre-Installation Checklist in Hardware Installation before proceeding.

The following instructions apply to installing the CryptoNetX SSL Accelerator adapter in most computers. Refer to the manuals that were supplied with your computer for additional information.

  1. Review the Safety Precautions and Pre-Installation Checklist. Verify that your computer is turned off and that the power cord is disconnected.
  2. Remove the cover of the computer case (observe proper electrical grounding procedures while doing so), and select any empty PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) slot. If you do not know how to identify a PCI slot, refer to your computer manual.
  3. Remove the cover plate from the empty PCI slot that you selected.
  4. Holding the adapter by the edges, align the connector edge (see Figure 1 in Introduction) of the adapter with the connector dock in the PCI slot, and insert the adapter into the connector dock.
  5. Apply even pressure at both corners of the adapter and push the adapter until it is firmly seated in the PCI slot. The adapter is properly seated if the following conditions are met:
Note: The connector dock in a 32-bit PCI slot is shorter than the connector dock in a 64-bit PCI slot. The adapter is designed to fit in either type of slot . If you install your adapter in a 32-bit PCI slot, part of the connector edge of the adapter extends beyond the end of the connector dock. Make sure that the exposed end does not contact any conducting part of the motherboard.
Caution: Do not use excessive force when seating the adapter, as this may damage the computer or the adapter. If you have difficulty seating the adapter, remove the adapter from the slot, realign the adapter with the connector dock, and try again.
  1. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each additional adapter you want to install.
  2. Secure the adapter with the adapter clip or screw.
  3. Replace the cover on the computer case and disconnect any personal antistatic devices.

This completes the adapter hardware installation procedure.

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