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Hello. About a year ago I got a "gaming" computer (an I Buy Power) that had a quad-core CPU in it. When it came, only 2 cores were activated (or was it only 1? I forget). But on a whim I went ahead and activated all 4. This was before I read up (in this forum) on what a quad core CPU is. In my ignorance, I figured that 4 anything had to be 4X better than 1; I now know how wrong I was about that, thanks to this forum. Anyway, the other day, upon booting my system, I got all kinds of messages, and blue screen, that led me to believe my system had crashed. When I finally did get it booted up, I saw that only 3 cores are now acivated. My computer seems to be running fine, now, but I'm just wondering if I should/ can deactivate a core, or even replace my CPU? Any thoughts about this situation? Questions about anything I should have mentioned? Thanks in advance for your consideration.
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:welcome: woodlands52

Download and run CPU-Z http://www.cpuid.com...ares/cpu-z.html post a screenshot of the CPU information for us.

To capture and post a screenshot;

Click on the ALT key + PRT SCR key..its on the top row..right hand side..now click on start...all programs...accessories...paint....left click in the white area ...press CTRL + V...click on file...click on save...save it to your desktop...name it something related to the screen your capturing... BE SURE TO SAVE IT AS A .JPG ...otherwise it may be to big to upload... then after typing in any response you have... click on browse...desktop...find the screenshot..select it and click on the upload button...then on the lower left...after it says upload successful...click on add reply like you normally would.
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