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March 6, 2012 3:36:42 PM

Hello, i am new to unlocking and overclocking, i only have a basic system to experiment with, i am working with a AMD Sempron 145. Whenever i try to unlock the other core, the computer shuts down and restarts and says in the post that the unleash mode failed. Does anyone know where i am going wrong?

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March 6, 2012 4:13:21 PM

The other core is unstable. Its not garuanteed that unlocks work. Many are locked down as they the core was knackered and then sold as a lower model using the stable cores.
March 6, 2012 6:01:10 PM

Ok, am i doing anything wrong or have i just got the wrong hardware?
Is the AMD Sempron 140 better to do this with?
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March 6, 2012 6:42:21 PM

Any AMD CPU with unlocked cores is far from certain you can unlock. Some are locked because they need to make more of a lower range. Alot are locked though as the other cores are bad so rather than throw away they lock it and sell as a lower model with less cores.

Its luck of the draw unlocking any CPU. Dont buy one thinking you can unlock successfully. Buy the CPU that YOU NEED and if it unlocks further thats a bonus
March 6, 2012 7:11:28 PM

It's doing that because the fourth core is unstable. There is a reason why it is a three core CPU and not a quad core. Back when AMD started making the Phenom II they had a problem with some of the quad core CPU's and they were unstable. Instead of trashing them they deactivated one of the cores and sold them as three core CPU's. Yes you can unlock the fourth core the catch is that it might not be stable. In that case you have no choice but to set it back to three cores or get an actual quad core CPU.
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March 6, 2012 7:13:50 PM

err slick he is trying to make a single core a dual
March 6, 2012 7:25:35 PM

Oops I dont know why but I thougt he said Athelon II 3 core. Still though the end point is still the same though it's unstable and his only option is to go back to a single core because it will not run as a dual core.
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March 6, 2012 7:29:30 PM

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Ok, am i doing anything wrong or have i just got the wrong hardware?
Is the AMD Sempron 140 better to do this with?


Yep and this approach means you may as well have bought the dual in the 1st place
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March 6, 2012 7:31:52 PM

Hi :) 

For what its worth ...a SEMPRON is a dual core Athlon...

But its second core is locked.... and invariably, extremely hard to unlock...

All the best Brett :) 
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March 6, 2012 7:37:21 PM

How so hard? If he has the right mobo its pretty straightforward

Just as he has found out to his own expense you should never buy one and count on a stable unlock. You should buy what you need and any extra mileage you get is a bonus.

Last i checked a Dual Athlon can be found for not really alot more than a Sempron.
March 7, 2012 11:24:22 AM

So for an AM3+ socket, what would you recommend would be the best CPU to get to do the unlocking with.
I'm just after a bit of experience with this for when i build my next computer.
March 7, 2012 11:24:27 AM

So for an AM3+ socket, what would you recommend would be the best CPU to get to do the unlocking with.
I'm just after a bit of experience with this for when i build my next computer.
March 7, 2012 11:24:28 AM

i am using the following-
Asus M5A78L-M LX V2 Version 2 Socket AM3+ Motherboard
AMD Sempron 145 Processor Socket AM3
Kingston Hyper X 2GB

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March 7, 2012 2:03:38 PM

I wouldnt recommend you buy any CPU and count on it unlocking its PURE LUCK

However if you insist try a Phenom II 960T. Mine unlocked and more than half the people i have spoken too with one managed a stable unlock from 4 to 6 cores.

If it doesnt unlock stable you still have a fast 4 core that can overclock alot. However these are getting harder to find so buy one while you can if you want one.
March 7, 2012 5:43:38 PM

mthatcher206563 said:
So for an AM3+ socket, what would you recommend would be the best CPU to get to do the unlocking with.
I'm just after a bit of experience with this for when i build my next computer.


I would just get a pure quad core or hexa core CPU. As I said there is a reason those CPU's are locked in the first place and the chance of it unlocking and being stable is all luck.
March 7, 2012 6:32:30 PM

Ok, Thanks eveyone.
Will start looking for AMD Phenom.

One last question, is the AMD Llano any good to use or would i be wasting my time?
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March 7, 2012 7:13:09 PM

Llano is basically an athlon with built in graphics. So if your gaming just stick with normal CPU's and a separate Graphics card
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March 7, 2012 7:54:58 PM

mthatcher206563 said:
Ok, Thanks eveyone.
Will start looking for AMD Phenom.

One last question, is the AMD Llano any good to use or would i be wasting my time?


Llano is an alright budget processor, it's essentially a 32nm Athlon II with integrated graphics. I wouldn't bother looking at one though, since you have an AM3+ motherboard and Llano uses FM1, they aren't compatible.

I also find trying to unlock pointless even if learning for a future build, AMD currently doesn't manufacture anything that can be unlocked the way Athlon II/Phenom II did. FX 4100 and FX 6100 both use the same die as FX 8150 but have modules(cores) disabled, and there have been no reports of unlocking these yet, it seems AMD found a way to prevent core unlocking. If your not aware, Athlon II/Phenom II are no longer in production, so those won't be around for long to bother trying an unlock on.
January 12, 2013 11:21:49 PM

got a new computer in the end.

AMD FX 6100
12GB Corsair Vengeance
Sapphire 7850 OC Edition
Barracuda 1TB HDD
OCZ Agility 3 60GB SSD

Just got to attempt the over clocking now

anyone have a good utility in mind please?

Thanks
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