I'm aware that this seems like a pretty common problem, and there was one for an MSI (Ms-7207, K8NGM2-L) mobo. In that thread, the person used the live update utility and installed some BIOS update and everything was fine. Doesn't seem to be the case for me.
I just purchased a new Dual core processor, which is the AMD Anthlon 64 X2 4200+ Dual core processor, although I'm having trouble with the "dual core" of it. I downloaded AMD Monitor, and this is when I discovered it wasn't going to it's full potential. I downloaded this because the CPU was overheating (this might not actual be why it was restarted, but instead a faulty power supply. Regardless, this problem will be handled soon.) on my PC alert, and would restart the computer. I was talking to a friend of mine who suggested that there was too much of a workload on one of the processors, which cause it to overheat, and that happened because 1 core is supposedly disabled. I'm well away of the many problems with switching to a dual core processor on a Windows OS, and have tried some.
Sollutions I have tried :
1. Microsoft hotfix
2. Trying to update my Hardware in the device manager, my current is Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) PC, which should be Multiprocessor
3. Checking BIOS for disabled hyperthreading or Dual cores. I beleive it's an OEM BIOS, so the updates are hard to find. Refer to the links I'll post at the bottom for my BIOS version.
4. Tried redownloading drivers, and the dual core optimizer. No affect.
5. Tried ••••••• with system32 and SP2 files, although the method was just replacing the system32 hal file and 2 other files, but that is all. No boot.ini edits, like the one I'll link below, that I want to try, but am hesitant. The reason will be listed at the bottom of this post.
The microsoft hotfix had no affect. The hardware in device manager did not change. The bios lists nothing of the sort. Downloading drivers did nothing. In my device manager, under CPU/processor, it shows 2 (Assuming dual cores) but in my processor graph for task manager, there is only one. Also, CPU only lists 1 core, in the readme it says that 1 is disabled.
Here are links to the PC I own, the motherboard specs on the manufacturers site, and the Mobo manufacturers site.
GATEWAY MOBO SPECS : http://support.gateway.com/s//MOTHER...105551nv.shtml
MSI MOBO SPECS : http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?f...2_no=&cat3_no=
EMACHINES PC SPECS : http://emachines.com/support/product...es&model=T6216
Here is the fix I'm hesitant to try : http://forum.msi.com.tw/index.php?topic=101539.0
Reason : Last time I tried something similar to this, Windows would not boot and I was forced to use an OEM system restore built into the PC. After I did this, I started to experience faulty POST start ups, where there was no post, and I would need to restart using the on/off button.
I don't know if I could reinstall windows because it's an OEM registered version, and I beleive it wouldn't install the way you need to in order to begin with a new hardware build. I may be wrong.