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CPU not running at it's full potential.

Hi everyone, recently my Phenom II x4 945 got broken so I bought a new Phenom II x4 960T BE to replace it. It runs successfully but I noticed that my system shows the CPU as AMD processor model unknown and it only runs at 800 Mhz; my PC also feels a bit slow on start up and the when running games it spikes up a lot on Task Manager.
I've been lurking a lot on the web and tried a few solution but to no avail. Some people suggested resetting bios settings, which didn't work. Others says to try running Prime95 to see if the core speed rises on CPU-Z but it stills stays at 800 Mhz. One of the solution that worked for people is to change a setting in msconfig that chooses how many cores are allwoed on startup, didn't work. A lot also pointed out that it might be Cool n Quiet kicking in and said to try and disable it in the BIOS but my BIOS option is extremely limited which doesn't include CnQ. I considered trying to update the BIOS but HP doesn't have any updates available for my PC. Here are the specs and some pic if that should help you guys figuring out what's going on. Any helps are very appreciated.
Specs: HP Pavilion Elite 210f
Mobo: Foxconn H-RS880-uATX (Aloe)
RAM: 8GB
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 960T Black Edition (95W)
GPU: Radeon HD 5450 512Mb
AMI BIOS



Benchmark comparing my CPU to a x4 955
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  1. If the BIOS doesn't recognize CPU properly you should get in the BIOS and set CPU multiplier manually.
  2. The processor speed behaviour is set in windows performance management.
  3. It would ramp up when loaded by benchmark program. I'm sure it's not set in BIOS properly.
  4. Do you know any ways I can change that setting? My BIOS is very limited to what I can do with everything let alone adjusting the CPU options. I'm trying to update it too but I don't think HP supports this model anymore.
  5. Sorry, you must find manual for it as those ready made computers tend to have weird settings.
  6. CountMike said:
    Sorry, you must find manual for it as those ready made computers tend to have weird settings.

    Thanks for the help. I checked the manuals and unfortunately they don't mention anything about CPU or BIOS, guess I'm out of luck.
  7. Best answer
    Well it looks like you are in HP Hell, and at HPs mercy, which falls well within their master plan of, you want upgrade send in PC, and we will upgrade for you, for an exorbitantly large sum of money.

    Your true upgrade options are to get another ATX AMD motherboard that can be successfully flashed to properly recognize and run your CPU, unfortunately that awakens the HP monster!, sleeping and stored on the hardrive and you enter Boot Hell, also controlled by, you guessed it, HP.

    The only way to get around that is to completely kick HP to the curb!

    To do that you need a Microsoft installation disk that matches the license on the computer case, and if you have that you can perform a drive wipe completely clearing out all the HP monster critters, and perform a scratch operating system install, with the HP monster gone.

    But first save all your precious files!

  8. 4Ryan6 said:
    Well it looks like you are in HP Hell, and at HPs mercy, which falls well within their master plan of, you want upgrade send in PC, and we will upgrade for you, for an exorbitantly large sum of money.

    Your true upgrade options are to get another ATX AMD motherboard that can be successfully flashed to properly recognize and run your CPU, unfortunately that awakens the HP monster!, sleeping and stored on the hardrive and you enter Boot Hell, also controlled by, you guessed it, HP.

    The only way to get around that is to completely kick HP to the curb!

    To do that you need a Microsoft installation disk that matches the license on the computer case, and if you have that you can perform a drive wipe completely clearing out all the HP monster critters, and perform a scratch operating system install, with the HP monster gone.

    But first save all your precious files!

    But Great Wizard how do I get a Microsoft installation disk that matches the license on the computer case when this monster came with Windows 7 preinstalled? Not to mention I enchanted it to Windows 10.
  9. OEM Windows, another hell place. But seriously folks, enter BIOS and see what options it has. Maybe something like "Optimized Defaults", "performance options" ?
  10. Yozongu said:
    But Great Wizard how do I get a Microsoft installation disk that matches the license on the computer case when this monster came with Windows 7 preinstalled? Not to mention I enchanted it to Windows 10.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2554518/microsoft-official-download-site-window7-isos.html
  11. Yozongu said:
    4Ryan6 said:
    Well it looks like you are in HP Hell, and at HPs mercy, which falls well within their master plan of, you want upgrade send in PC, and we will upgrade for you, for an exorbitantly large sum of money.

    Your true upgrade options are to get another ATX AMD motherboard that can be successfully flashed to properly recognize and run your CPU, unfortunately that awakens the HP monster!, sleeping and stored on the hardrive and you enter Boot Hell, also controlled by, you guessed it, HP.

    The only way to get around that is to completely kick HP to the curb!

    To do that you need a Microsoft installation disk that matches the license on the computer case, and if you have that you can perform a drive wipe completely clearing out all the HP monster critters, and perform a scratch operating system install, with the HP monster gone.

    But first save all your precious files!

    But Great Wizard how do I get a Microsoft installation disk that matches the license on the computer case when this monster came with Windows 7 preinstalled? Not to mention I enchanted it to Windows 10.

    Wouldn't it be easier to simply use a compatible CPU? HP always forced unknown processors (Intel or AMD) to run at a low frequency, but at least the system boots.
  12. GhislainG said:
    Yozongu said:
    4Ryan6 said:
    Well it looks like you are in HP Hell, and at HPs mercy, which falls well within their master plan of, you want upgrade send in PC, and we will upgrade for you, for an exorbitantly large sum of money.

    Your true upgrade options are to get another ATX AMD motherboard that can be successfully flashed to properly recognize and run your CPU, unfortunately that awakens the HP monster!, sleeping and stored on the hardrive and you enter Boot Hell, also controlled by, you guessed it, HP.

    The only way to get around that is to completely kick HP to the curb!

    To do that you need a Microsoft installation disk that matches the license on the computer case, and if you have that you can perform a drive wipe completely clearing out all the HP monster critters, and perform a scratch operating system install, with the HP monster gone.

    But first save all your precious files!

    But Great Wizard how do I get a Microsoft installation disk that matches the license on the computer case when this monster came with Windows 7 preinstalled? Not to mention I enchanted it to Windows 10.

    Wouldn't it be easier to simply use a compatible CPU? HP always forced unknown processors (Intel or AMD) to run at a low frequency, but at least the system boots.


    You're right man, better to just buy a compatible CPU than buying a motherboard then re-install everything. But you know what this system are old anyway, maybe it's better to build a new custom rig that's better than this outdated PC. I thought this problem would just be as easy as running a program and everything would be fine but now I learned HP is a sneaky bastard a problem would just leads to another.
    CountMike said:
    OEM Windows, another hell place. But seriously folks, enter BIOS and see what options it has. Maybe something like "Optimized Defaults", "performance options" ?


    Nothing :(
    The only options worth noticing is NX and Virtualization, all the other ones are negligible.
  13. Several years ago I bought an HP server motherboard at a good price because the owner ran into a similar issue when he bought a non-supported CPU. Buying a new motherboard was a good decision for him since his new CPU was the most powerful one available at that time. Unfortunately your new CPU probably is too weak to justify a motherboard replacement.
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