if i go into the cpu advanced setting or whatever and i turn on a setting i can get it to show me 6 cpu and i can adjust on or off. but it doesn't change anything that i'm seeing. i'm going to update bios now. I need to step away from computer for little bit. i'll pull the cmos batt then update my bios. I'll post if i got this thing working. thanks for all the info. i'll make it work. worst case senario i'm due for a reformat. i'll do that.