Question Virtualization not enabled in bios for Foxconn 2AA9

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hello. I have a frustrating issue. CPU Athlon II x250 on a Foxconn 2AA9 motherboard. According to various tools, this board has a BIOS (dated 2010/04/22) a SMBIOS (American Megatrends v 6.04) and AMD AGESA v 3.7.0.0 Virtualization disabled in bios, no option to enable. And I have a ton of VM Memory (128TB!!!) and not a bit/byte of it is accessable. :(

So, Foxconn is a blackhole on the internet - because China, etc. so, no love. I researched coreboot and IDK. What I do know is that I cannot use VM on THIS machine until I fix/enable virtualization on the cpu. p
Please advise.
 
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hello. I have a frustrating issue. CPU Athlon II x250 on a Foxconn 2AA9 motherboard. According to various tools, this board has a BIOS (dated 2010/04/22) a SMBIOS (American Megatrends v 6.04) and AMD AGESA v 3.7.0.0 Virtualization disabled in bios, no option to enable. And I have a ton of VM Memory (128TB!!!) and not a bit/byte of it is accessable. :(

So, Foxconn is a blackhole on the internet - because China, etc. so, no love. I researched coreboot and IDK. What I do know is that I cannot use VM on THIS machine until I fix/enable virtualization on the cpu. p
Please advise.
That motherboard model supports up to 16GB of RAM...where did you see 128TB? o_O
Which PC manufacturer?
Which OS (32-bit/64-bit)?
Could you post a photo of the BIOS advanced settings where virtualization is disabled?
 
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Whoops! From Speccy:
Physical Memory
Memory Usage 56 %
Total Physical 4.75 GB
Available Physical 2.08 GB
Total Virtual 6.50 GB
Available Virtual 2.72 GB
So, it should be about 12 GB... LMAO
 
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The main point is this, from Speccy:
AMD Athlon II X2 250
Cores 2
Threads 2
Name AMD Athlon II X2 250
Code Name Regor
Package Socket AM3 (938)
Technology 45nm
Specification AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor
Family F
Extended Family 10
Model 6
Extended Model 6
Stepping 3
Revision DA-C3
Instructions MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A, AMD 64, NX, VMX
Virtualization Supported, Disabled
Hyperthreading Not supported
Fan Speed 1388 RPM
Bus Speed 200.0 MHz
Rated Bus Speed 1999.9 MHz
Stock Core Speed 3000 MHz
Stock Bus Speed 200 MHz
Average Temperature 30 °C
Caches
L1 Data Cache Size 2 x 64 KBytes
L1 Instructions Cache Size 2 x 64 KBytes
L2 Unified Cache Size 2 x 1024 KBytes
 

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Why do you want to enable Virtualization? it won't help with your RAM.

I don't think you understand how RAM works on Windows.

I have 16GB of RAM installed in my system. Here is my Speccy.

Memory Usage 29 %
Total Physical 16 GB
Available Physical 11 GB
Total Virtual 18 GB
Available Virtual 12 GB

Windows virtual memory is managed by Windows automatically unless you did not set it to be managed automatically.

You have 4.75 GB of RAM in your system. Which is weird.

Can you tell me what is your RAM and how much you have exactly?
 
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Number Of SPD Modules 3
Slot #1
Type DDR3
Size 1024 MBytes
Manufacturer Elpida
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part Number EBJ10UE8BDF0-DJ-F
Serial Number 2035549331
Week/year 13 / 10


Slot #2
Type DDR3
Size 2048 MBytes
Manufacturer Samsung
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part Number M378B5673FH0-CH9
Serial Number 1710595974
Week/year 17 / 10

Slot #3
Type DDR3
Size 2048 MBytes
Manufacturer Samsung
Max Bandwidth PC3-10700 (667 MHz)
Part Number M378B5673FH0-CH9
Serial Number 1710595488
Week/year 17 / 10
 
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The only thing that comes to mind is 6GB (4GB+2GB) of RAM and the missing amount is used by integrated graphics.
Which is very likely.
ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics
Manufacturer ATI
Model Radeon 3000 Graphics
GPU RS780
Device ID 1002-9616
Subvendor HP (103C)
Current Performance Level Level 0
Current GPU Clock 347 MHz
Current Memory Clock 533 MHz
Current Shader Clock 533 MHz
Die Size 64 mm²
Release Date 2009
DirectX Support 10.0
DirectX Shader Model 4.0
OpenGL Support 2.0
GPU Clock 350.0 MHz
Driver version 8.970.100.9001
ROPs 4
Shaders 40 unified
Memory Type HyperMemory
Memory 2431 MB
Pixel Fillrate 1.4 GPixels/s
Texture Fillrate 1.4 GTexels/s
Count of performance levels : 2
Level 1 - "Perf Level 0"
Level 2 - "Perf Level 1"
 
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Yes. I have a prototype for a vlan which incorporates AI. The cpu of the machine which will host the VM and its server must have virtualization also. it does not all have to be dedicated, but it still must be present.
 

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try clearing the CMOS, by removing the power cord and then pressing the pwr button for 5 sec, then remove the cmos battery and wait 5 minutes before putting it back.

I know that if you restart your computer the option is greyed out in the BIOS but if you shutdown the PC and you boot it again and go in the BIOS for some people they can change it then.
 

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Yes. I have a prototype for a vlan which incorporates AI. The cpu of the machine which will host the VM and its server must have virtualization also. it does not all have to be dedicated, but it still must be present.
Not all systems (CPU and/or motherboard) will support virtualization.

Looks like you need a new system to do this.
 
There are several models of Foxconn 2AA9 motherboard with different features depending of PC manufacturer (HP, Dell etc). If you entered the BIOS and you could not enabled AMD-V, then is not available on that motherboard.
 
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Thank you all. a new system is also on the table, but I wanted to explore every option, since older systems and lower resources are also project goals.
 

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Thank you all. a new system is also on the table, but I wanted to explore every option, since older systems and lower resources are also project goals.
Some people had that option disabled without any options to put it at enable but they fixed it. By removing the battery like I said. Saw this on 2 threads on google.
 
It will help to know the exact model of the computer or motherboard, since there are several versions available of the same motherboard.
(e.g. Foxconn H-Alpinia-RS780L-uATX [2AA9], Alpinia GL8 [2AA9]
HP uses that motherboard in several HP & Compaq models and the BIOS and BIOS settings on those systems differ from one another.

HP/Comapq have several BIOS updates after v6.04 (2010)... as resent as 2015 (v8.21).
With the right information we could check if a BIOS update could allow enabling that feature.
 
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Some people had that option disabled without any options to put it at enable but they fixed it. By removing the battery like I said. Saw this on 2 threads on google.
I will try this option anyway, since I have to clean it again.

@jojesa, HP [pavillion] Desktop P6533w
I have a 2AA9 board which reports ver. 1
 
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What is fascinating to me is that while researching this issue I have found evidence that the microcode was revised, at least once, and that this machine either was or should have had an EFI/UEFI option, but only the layering is left to suggest it. I will scour HP again. I did get sidetracked by the AMD AGESA thing.
 

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