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Only 3 cores are activated? Amd phenom X4 955

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February 18, 2011 12:47:32 AM



During boot it says the same thing. My comp is homebuilt, but I know four cores were activated from the begining.
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February 18, 2011 12:57:16 AM

Check in MS config and make sure the core count on boot didnt get set to something, then go into BIOS and make sure that you didnt activate ACC and set it to 3 cores or something. If you havent played around in BIOS and this randomly happened, first try rebooting to see if it comes up right, then try clearing the BIOS by pulling its battery for a bit then putting it back in, that will reset to factory defaults.
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February 18, 2011 7:07:43 AM

^ agreed. Most of the AMD boards come with a Core Unlocker tool to unlock x2 and x3 CPUs to be a x4... but in your case, if this tool has been turned on, it is possibly deactivating one of your cores.

Usually the first step with booting up is to get into the BIOS and tell it to load Optimum Defaults. If it won't, then clear the BIOS memory by unplugging your PC from the wall and removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes.

If these things didn't help and it is still being reported this way, you could have a defective CPU or defective board.
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February 18, 2011 8:21:34 AM

As above, make sure ACC is disabled and your bios is up to date.
February 18, 2011 6:02:13 PM

Thanks all!

I checked out bios settings and for some strange reason the 3rd cores was set to off. I never touched it before.


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