Windows 7 pro not detecting dual core but bios is, tried everything

Have a e6600 dual core, evga 680i board, 4 gb ddr26400, gtx260, win 7 pro upgraded from vista. I have looked all over and tried almost everything. BIOS detects dual core as it allows me to enable or disable the second one, and intel proc id tool detects 2 cores. However, windows 7, and any other programs like cpuz and core temp report one core. Under device manager only one core is listed under processors, and under computer it says ACPI x64 pc or something instead of acpi multiprocessor. MSCONFIG only shows one core to be enabled/disabled. Have done repair install, full install, reformat install and still only one core shows. Tried easyBCD with core=0 to try and reset, and nothing. BIOS is up to date (P33), reset bios settings and even ESCD reset. This all started after power cut out randomly. At first, windows would not boot, but did mbr repair using a win 7 home disc and it booted. Few min later comp felt sluggish so looked at cpu usage and task manager and found out about only one core detected. One graph/cpu is already selected as it is the only option.


Sounds like you have all the bases covered. It would be something new to me as I've never heard of it happening before, but it could be possible that one of the cores was damaged with the power going out. I sincerely doubt that but it is the only thing I can think of after reading all you've tried.

Did you try to enter "2" without quotes into msconfig boot advanced tab, save and then reboot?

If so, the only thing I can recommend trying is to clean install Windows to a newly formatted partition to see how it goes with that.

It is very rare for malware to affect the bios but is possible. Maybe try re-flashing to the latest bios in an attempt to reset everything from scratch, even if you're already running the latest.

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Thanks for the reply, but i got it fixed. Turns out that I have to turn on hyperthreading in the bios even if the cpu doesnt use it, or else not all cores are detected.

Ah, very cool. Yep....glad you figured it out. Good job man. Should be smooth sailin' from here.... :)

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