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April 20, 2011 10:32:36 PM


I have a ASRock M3A770DE with a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition I'm trying to unlock the cores. I go to ACC in the bios and pick per core or any of the other options and it still shows 2 cores. Is there anything else I need to change or maybe my Processor is unlockable?



System Specs:

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

SAPPHIRE 100293-2GL Radeon HD 5570 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

Bios 1.70

Win 7







a b K Overclocking
April 20, 2011 11:28:49 PM

Phenom II X4 955 is a quad core processor. There are no cores to unlock.
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April 20, 2011 11:46:19 PM

Why does it only show 2 cores in CPUZ? I've read that people have unlocked the extra cores with the same specs. I'm really confused now.

Edit: After reading some more, they where other CPUs like the X3 or AthlonII. But still I have seen images of CPUZ of my X4 955 that shows 4 cores, mine only shows 2 and in the images the cache box shows 4x64, mine shows 2x64 mine. Below is a image of what I'm talking about. Is there something in the bios I need to change to get the cache to show 4x64. Thanks

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a b K Overclocking
April 21, 2011 1:04:03 PM

I think you need to get some glasses, the cpu-z screenshot you posted CLEARLY shows 4 cores and 4 threads.

Really you should lay off whatever your smoking.
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April 21, 2011 1:13:05 PM

I have glasses and have'nt smoked anything, (lately) If you read my post it says, Below is a image of what I'm talking about. That is a image I got off the net of someone elses with the same CPU as mine, it is not mine. Mine reads 2 cores and 2 threads like I typed, sorry if I did'nt make myself clear, it was late when I was typing it.
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a b K Overclocking
April 21, 2011 2:06:23 PM

You never mentioned you were posting screenshots from someone elses computer, sorry I forgot my crystal ball today.

Hit cntrl+alt+del, go to task manager, then the performance tab.

How many cpu graphs does it show under "cpu usage"?

If only 2 graphs, you cold also try going into device manager, uninstall the cpu and reboot.

OR

Go to MSconfig>boot>advanced options and tell me how many cores are showing there. I don't have a Win7 machine in front of me so I don't know what the options are there. Maybe you can change it to 4 and then reboot and recheck. If you can't figure it out tell me what the options are there.
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a b K Overclocking
April 21, 2011 2:51:48 PM

Bubba0 said:
I have a ASRock M3A770DE with a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition I'm trying to unlock the cores. I go to ACC in the bios and pick per core or any of the other options and it still shows 2 cores. Is there anything else I need to change or maybe my Processor is unlockable?



System Specs:

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

SAPPHIRE 100293-2GL Radeon HD 5570 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

Bios 1.70

Win 7



DO NOT ENABLE CORE UNLOCKER WITH A X4 or X6!!!!!!! On my board the core unlocker got enabled accidentally ....It completely messed the MOBO up!!!
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April 21, 2011 2:56:43 PM

Bubba0 said:
Why does it only show 2 cores in CPUZ? I've read that people have unlocked the extra cores with the same specs. I'm really confused now.

Edit: After reading some more, they where other CPUs like the X3 or AthlonII. But still I have seen images of CPUZ of my X4 955 that shows 4 cores, mine only shows 2 and in the images the cache box shows 4x64, mine shows 2x64 mine. Below is a image of what I'm talking about. Is there something in the bios I need to change to get the cache to show 4x64. Thanks

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/6198/cpuzz.jpg


You lost me????? You bought a Phenom II 955 BE thinking that you could unlock extra cores that aren't there?????????????????????? CPU-Z screenie reads 4X64....all looks like it right on there
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April 21, 2011 4:41:31 PM

lowjack989 said:
You lost me????? You bought a Phenom II 955 BE thinking that you could unlock extra cores that aren't there?????????????????????? CPU-Z screenie reads 4X64....all looks like it right on there


Did you eve read his post? He's only showing 2 cores in cpu-z.

Those screenshots are not from his computer, they are from someone elses. Yeah I know, why would you post someone elses. Don't know. :lol:  Guess he didn't think to show his own cpu-z screenshot. lol
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a b K Overclocking
April 21, 2011 5:11:17 PM

Yeah I guess it threw me off since I looked at the cpu-z under the assumption that they were his screenies...OP Why would you post someone elses cpu-z? BTW....go to msconfig--->boot--->advanced options--->select number of processors should be 4-->restart
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April 21, 2011 5:13:01 PM

Bubba0 said:
I have a ASRock M3A770DE with a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition I'm trying to unlock the cores. I go to ACC in the bios and pick per core or any of the other options and it still shows 2 cores. Is there anything else I need to change or maybe my Processor is unlockable?



System Specs:

ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

SAPPHIRE 100293-2GL Radeon HD 5570 2GB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

Bios 1.70

Win 7

I got the same Phenom II x4 955 on the same AsRock A770DE MB with 4GB DDR3 1600.
With some programs it seemed I was only getting one core running until I changed System Configuration's Advanced Boot Options to 4 cores. Go to: Administrative Tools/System Configuration/Boot, select Advanced Options, check Number of Processors option, scroll down to 4. If you can't find Administrative Tools try enabling it in your Start Menu Options. Right-Click on open Start Menu for options, just the menu itself not one of it's shortcuts. If you can't find Start Menu Options you need to do some research before messing with anything.
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April 21, 2011 5:41:14 PM

I don't have the option for 3 and 4 cores in System Configuration Advanced Boot Options, only 1 and 2. In task manager under the proformance tab it only show 2 graphs. In Device manager it shows 4 - X4 955 Processors (4 not a fat finger it shows 4) I've uninstalled all 4 Processors in device manger and windows reinstalls them when I boot backup. CPU-Z still only shows 2 cores. I just got this setup and windows (32 bit) is not a fresh install, I used my old hard drive. My old system was a Intel 2.5 E5200 dual core on a Asrock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 motherboard. I'm sorry if I did'nt explain things right, I'll try and be more careful. Aleast I gave you a laugh, it's good to laugh you know. :>)
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a b K Overclocking
April 21, 2011 5:52:25 PM

Re-install Cool and Quiet...looks like you may have a corrupt driver
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April 21, 2011 6:02:54 PM

The only thing I installed off the CD that came with the mb was the lan drivers, read some where that was all I needed the rest was alot of junk, was that a mistake? how do I reinstall Cool and Quiet? I don't see it anywhere on the CD.
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April 21, 2011 6:07:05 PM

Never tried loading up Windows from an old Intel MB to a new AMD setup but seems like it could cause some issues in Windows.
which BIOS version? never had this type of problem with AsRock MB through 3 different of their boards. did switch an Athlon dual-core for my Phenom quad-core and didn't have any problem.
Format C: and reinstall everything?
Return processor?
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a b K Overclocking
April 21, 2011 6:14:17 PM

GObonzo said:
Never tried loading up Windows from an old Intel MB to a new AMD setup but seems like it could cause some issues in Windows.
which BIOS version? never had this type of problem with AsRock MB through 3 different of their boards. did switch an Athlon dual-core for my Phenom quad-core and didn't have any problem.
Format C: and reinstall everything?
Return processor?


+1^ on the format and reinstall...I like your avatar bonzo
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April 21, 2011 6:14:51 PM

Bios 1.70 Wonder about a repair install, hate to lose everything.
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April 21, 2011 6:30:47 PM

Bubba0 said:
Bios 1.70 Wonder about a repair install, hate to lose everything.

pretty easy to backup all your settings and files using Windows but with this type of problem you may have to be careful what you replace after reinstall, it could lead back to this same setting, same problem. I always zip up my whole "Users" folder with Winzip so I can pick and choose one at a time which settings and files to replace after the reinstall. You'll have access to most of your files, saved games, and program settings for after you reinstall them.
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April 21, 2011 6:53:02 PM

Bubba0 said:
The only thing I installed off the CD that came with the mb was the lan drivers, read some where that was all I needed the rest was alot of junk, was that a mistake? how do I reinstall Cool and Quiet? I don't see it anywhere on the CD.


Yes that was a mistake. You need to install all the drivers on the cd, not just lan. Chipset, audio, lan, there usually is a install package that contains all of them at once. It's the utilities that someone told you were junk, not the drivers.

This is likely your problem.
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April 22, 2011 3:39:32 AM

Formated and done a fresh install of Win 7 64 bit. It's showing all 4 cores now. :>)
Thanks to all who helped.
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a b K Overclocking
April 22, 2011 4:01:40 AM

Good to hear you got it going
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April 22, 2011 4:33:36 PM

so , you gonna choose mine as "best answer" - give me some site points?
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April 22, 2011 6:04:22 PM

GObonzo said:
so , you gonna choose mine as "best answer" - give me some site points?


Thanks GObonzo udaman

:bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce:  :bounce: 
You get 5 of them
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a b K Overclocking
April 22, 2011 6:28:44 PM

bubba there is a tab in the bottom right corner for choosing the best answer
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April 29, 2011 2:47:28 AM

Best answer selected by Bubba0.
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April 29, 2011 2:51:03 AM

LoL, Now I know why I got so many replies, nobody really gives a sh!t, you guys are in it for the points. Thats good though. I do appreciate all the suggestions
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April 29, 2011 6:21:21 AM

actually i was interested because i have almost the same setup at the moment, that's what drew me in to begin with. surprised you did get so many others though. i've never gotten a response on any posts i've made here.
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April 29, 2011 1:16:25 PM

GObonzo said:
actually i was interested because i have almost the same setup at the moment, that's what drew me in to begin with. surprised you did get so many others though. i've never gotten a response on any posts i've made here.



I was JK with that GObonzo, do appreciate all. I'm still having problems though, getting random BSOD. stop 0x8000000000000002, 0x0 bugchecks. When I reinstalled Win 7 I put in 64 bit, might of been a mistake, what you running? Which slots you have your ram in, I have mine in the white, manual said to get 1600 run in white, but still shows 1600 if I have them in the blue. Gonna change to 11.3 ATI drivers and see if that helps, read 11.4 are alittle buggy. One other thing, my mouse gets sluggish after awhile of surfing, does'nt do it while gaming just surfing the net.
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April 29, 2011 2:16:21 PM

One other question, do you have cool and quite enabled?
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April 29, 2011 3:02:31 PM

no, i used it for a short time but it was making the system really unstable with this motherboard. i use a program called K10STAT that does the same type thing but you can set the different speeds and voltages for your cores as you want them. you can run 4 different power states like Cool & Quiet but you can customize. here's a good tutorial [http://unfusedjournal.blogspot.com/2011/02/k10stat-tuto...]. not jus for underclocking like most guides you'll find. i use it for my overclocking too so i don't have to wait for the bios everytime i want to change something. you can find download links searching google, probably even on here. newest version is 1.4.1, i think.
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April 29, 2011 3:09:27 PM

I've had it enabled, just turned it off this morning, maybe thats why I was getting random BSOD. I'll run it like this and see what happens. I'll check that link out. Thanks
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July 30, 2011 2:02:17 AM

i had same problem and no pain way is: Administrative Tools/System Configuration/Boot, select Advanced Options, UNCHEK Number of Processors option, reboot...enjoy :kaola:  :kaola:  :kaola:  :kaola:  :kaola:  :kaola:  :kaola:  :kaola:  :kaola: 
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