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How to Enable and Disable a Turbo Core

Updated February 21, 2017

Enabling and disabling a turbo core is possible from within the Windows operating system. To modify a basic computer component's behaviour you have to go into the Basic Input/Output System, or BIOS. The BIOS is a very basic operating system that runs the hardware so that Windows does not have to; this frees Windows up to just manage the software. Once the turbo core is disabled, your processor will run at a slower but cooler speed.

Restart your computer from within the Windows operating system. This can be done by clicking on the "Start" button, clicking on the arrow next to "Shutdown" and selecting "Restart" from the popup menu. The computer will display a shutdown screen and then flash black.

Press the F2 button when the start screen flashes up. This will load your computer's BIOS command menu. Your mouse will not work within the BIOS menu, only your arrow keys on the keyboard. Select "CPU information" from the menu. Scroll down to "Turbo mode" and press the right arrow to change from turbo to non-turbo. Press "Enter" to confirm the change.

Select "Save changes" and exit. The exit button will differ depending upon your motherboard and what BIOS type it is running, but usually it is one of the function keys. Press this button and the computer will restart; wait for the start up procedure to finish before you advance to the next step.

Open your system properties program and check the processor speed that your computer is running. It should be significantly lower then before because of the turbo disabling. It will also run cooler and prolong the processor's life.

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Harvey Birdman has been writing since 2000 for academic assignments. He has trained in the use of LexisNexus, Westlaw and Psychnotes. He holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration from the Chicago Kent School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in both political science and psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia.