Patent Number: 7,535,730

Title: Method of accessing a motherboard to which a daughter card is connected

Abstract: A method of accessing a motherboard in a computer system includes, during sliding of a card along a guide slot in the system, automatically interacting a first detent formed along an edge of the card with a guide tab when the card reaches an intermediate position to support the card in the intermediate position detached from the motherboard. The detachment of the card and the motherboard is sufficient to permit access to the motherboard while the card remains coupled to a system chassis. Interacting the guide tab with the detent may include extending a portion of the guide tab into the detent to provide lateral support for the card. The guide tab may be a metallic leaf spring and may be affixed to the chassis and may provide an electrical contact to a ground contact in a second detent to ground the daughter card when its attached to the motherboard.

Inventors: Junkins; Andrew T. (Round Rock, TX), Cooper; Brently L. (Hutto, TX)

Assignee: Dell Products L.P.

International Classification: H05K 7/14 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2021-05-19 0:00:00