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January 25, 2010 12:52:49 AM

Just bought above cpu. Problem is the multiplier is locked. CPu z latest version does not id cpu as Black edition. I would like to know if 550 was released as standard cpu and be model. How can i get my multiplier to be unlocked

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January 25, 2010 1:04:49 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

If your processor is like THIS, yea, is a BE. So, if the multiplier is LOCKED IN THE BIOS, update your BIOS version and test again.
January 25, 2010 4:15:50 AM

theolxwest said:
Just bought above cpu. Problem is the multiplier is locked. CPu z latest version does not id cpu as Black edition. I would like to know if 550 was released as standard cpu and be model. How can i get my multiplier to be unlocked



Hi again.

TKS alot for your response. Great help.
On your answer. I have never updated a bios before. Most people say things could get pretty hairy if you don't know what your doing. I would like to get me 550 Be to work as promised, but i don't want to stuff up my system. Is it possible to get a step by step guide to bios upgrading.

Thanking you in advance

Theo
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January 25, 2010 5:39:39 AM

Yes it is Theo. When you go the website of your motherboard manufacture and look for the new BIOS. Also look for the directions on how to flash it.

Did you buy this cpu and build the system yourself? Or is this said cpu in a OEM computer. I have never actually looked into if the OEMs sell machines with BE edtion cpus in them. I am pretty sure they do but what I am not sure of is if those machines have a BIOS that will allow to multi to be adjusted. Giving that almost all OEM machines don't permit overclocking.
January 25, 2010 7:02:43 AM

someguy7 said:
Yes it is Theo. When you go the website of your motherboard manufacture and look for the new BIOS. Also look for the directions on how to flash it.

Did you buy this cpu and build the system yourself? Or is this said cpu in a OEM computer. I have never actually looked into if the OEMs sell machines with BE edtion cpus in them. I am pretty sure they do but what I am not sure of is if those machines have a BIOS that will allow to multi to be adjusted. Giving that almost all OEM machines don't permit overclocking.



Not OEM PC. Bought and build myself. Default BIOS. The thing is my previous cpu was a amd 5000+ BE. Had no problem
upping the multi on that one. I just assumed that it should be the same for the new one.
January 25, 2010 7:04:03 AM

saint19 said:
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

If your processor is like THIS, yea, is a BE. So, if the multiplier is LOCKED IN THE BIOS, update your BIOS version and test again.


The packaging is 100% as the above one.
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January 25, 2010 7:15:12 AM

theolxwest said:
The thing is my previous cpu was a amd 5000+ BE. Had no problem
upping the multi on that one. I just assumed that it should be the same for the new one.

The 5000+ is a relatively old chip. Your current BIOS version may be lacking the microcode needed to identify your CPU and assign parameters for voltage and clock speed correctly, which means you're lucky it's actually working. On the other hand, it may have the correct microcode but no support beyond that. Your motherboard model would be helpful to know. That way we can assist you more easily.

EDIT: Never mind, I found the specs in the Member configuration page that I rarely check. For everyone's reference:

CM Storm Scout Case
amd phenom II x 2 BE
gecube hd4830 gpu
550 w cm psu
Biostar ta 790 gxe mobo
250gig WD hdd
4gig kingston value ram
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January 25, 2010 9:11:02 AM

theolxwest said:
Not OEM PC. Bought and build myself. Default BIOS. The thing is my previous cpu was a amd 5000+ BE. Had no problem
upping the multi on that one. I just assumed that it should be the same for the new one.


Yeah it will be the same as long as the board is running with BIOS that supports your cpu.

I brought up the OEM point simply because I was not sure if you had a OEM machine and it make me think about that.
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January 25, 2010 11:46:18 AM

theolxwest said:
Not OEM PC. Bought and build myself. Default BIOS. The thing is my previous cpu was a amd 5000+ BE. Had no problem
upping the multi on that one. I just assumed that it should be the same for the new one.


OEM or not OEM isn't a problem, in the motherboard's web page that you have you can find the last BIOS version and the steps to update your BIOS version.

If the mobo is a MSI mobo, you can use Live Update, isn't good for people that know how update the BIOS, but is a good option for noob people like you that don't know how do it.

Or, What mobo do you have?
January 25, 2010 1:23:01 PM

saint19 said:
OEM or not OEM isn't a problem, in the motherboard's web page that you have you can find the last BIOS version and the steps to update your BIOS version.

If the mobo is a MSI mobo, you can use Live Update, isn't good for people that know how update the BIOS, but is a good option for noob people like you that don't know how do it.

Or, What mobo do you have?



My mobo

Biostar TA 790gxe 128m
January 25, 2010 1:52:29 PM

Again update bios or get a board that supports the new chips!
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January 25, 2010 2:01:59 PM

theolxwest said:
My mobo

Biostar TA 790gxe 128m


Check THIS list, and compare the sSpec/OPN# number, if isn't the same that the processor that you have (the number is in the box of your processor), you need a mobo that support your processor. If your processor is in the list, update your BIOS.
January 25, 2010 2:36:48 PM

saint19 said:
Check THIS list, and compare the sSpec/OPN# number, if isn't the same that the processor that you have (the number is in the box of your processor), you need a mobo that support your processor. If your processor is in the list, update your BIOS.



Hi

Just check opn. The number is right on box. mobo and cpu is compatible
Just flashed my bios. Still the same as before. no change.
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January 25, 2010 2:51:18 PM

If you have the chance to test the processor in another mobo, could be a great option to know if the problem is the mobo or the processor.
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January 25, 2010 11:22:26 PM

It may be that the board simply doesn't have complete support for that chip. It seems odd though, it's not an old board.
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January 26, 2010 2:02:59 AM

Just want to verfiy that you are looking in the T-series section of the bios and that its the Core FID you need are trying to change.
January 26, 2010 3:23:17 AM

popatim said:
Just want to verfiy that you are looking in the T-series section of the bios and that its the Core FID you need are trying to change.




Hi there


I have upgraded bios. still no option for Core Fid. I've checked and re-checked, but nothing in bios.
I am starting to doubt that the chip i bought was installed in my rig. Will have it opened 2day to check


TKS for all the help

Theo
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