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I have a Foxconn K8M890M2MB-RS2H motherboard, and installed a Athlon X2 5000 Black Edition in it as a spare machine...except it is only detecting one core of the CPU. I don't see any settings in BIOS for enabling Multi-Core (or ANYTHING useful, crap bios). Anyways, CPU-z detects the CPU correctly except of course only 1 core...Task Manager only shows one CPU activity meter.

It does detect as a 5000x2 on startup (on POST).

I have tried updating the bios to the current, which did not fix the problem, and have checked the updated BIOS for any new settings.

Seems a little odd that an AM2 motherboard wouldn't support a dual core CPU, and I can't find anything on Foxconn's website that is of any help (like a CPU Support list for the Mobo). Called tech support but they closed at 5:30. I'm starting to remember why I never buy Foxconn.

I really hope I don't have a bad CPU
Edited by Mr_Me_II - 5/20/08 at 7:23pm
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can you enable teh core in the bios? and have you installed teh dual core patch



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can you enable teh core in the bios? and have you installed teh dual core patch



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I didn't see any settings in the bios that even relate to anything useful. No CPU options, no real overclocking options, nada.

The Dual-Core optimizer from AMD? I think I did, but even if I didn't the CPU would detect and work as dual-core, it would just suck. I'll try installing it anyways see if it helps.

The Hard drive used to belong to an older system running a Duron 800 off I think an Abit motherboard, and I am still using the same windows install on it...if that helps.
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I would update the cmos before going too far with that.
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I didn't see any settings in the bios that even relate to anything useful. No CPU options, no real overclocking options, nada.

The Dual-Core optimizer from AMD? I think I did, but even if I didn't the CPU would detect and work as dual-core, it would just suck. I'll try installing it anyways see if it helps.

The Hard drive used to belong to an older system running a Duron 800 off I think an Abit motherboard, and I am still using the same windows install on it...if that helps.
Its best to do a fresh install of windows if you changed out your motherboard and CPU.
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reinstall windows
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Definitely update to the latest BIOS (and make sure your board actually supports that processor) before reinstalling Windows, which takes forever. Sometimes unsupported (for whatever reason) CPUs are recognized strangely and still work, with some quirks. My 5000+BE was recognized as a single-core 2.8Ghz before I updated the BIOS...go figure.
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I would update the cmos before going too far with that.

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I have tried updating the bios to the current, which did not fix the problem, and have checked the updated BIOS for any new settings.
Reinstalling Windows would be an option, but it's just such a pain in the to do. I just went out and bought 2 gigs of XMS so I could come right home and play some CS, as my main is currently down...think I popped something when I tried booting my E6600 at 3.8GHz and ram at 1333mhz, and enough volts to kill an electric eel... But that's another story.

My main used to have a 4200x2, i switched the mobo from a A8N32 SLI-Deluxe to my EVGA 680i and CPU to a E6600 without reinstalling, had no problem.

Think I installed the 4200X2 on a hard drive that was used in a Pentium 531 system too...without reinstalling Windows, again no problems
I don't reformat very often...I just buy hard drives and clone
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Didnt catch that I guess.

With regards to your installation phobia, perhaps its time you did a backup, because chances are this time its just not gonna work

Especially after a cross-platform swap like that, and doing it enough times, I think your installation finally has had enough
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post #10 of 15
Did the Foxcom have a different CPU before the BE? Try clearing CMOS.
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