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Firing Squad wrote an article stating that you can identify locked from unlocked processors by the code on the chip.

Fortunately, a few days ago, I asked those who owned one to please provide the codes on the chip. At least two of you have Durons that you reported as unlocked that Firing Squad said would be locked.

So much for that idea.

What’s worse, though, is that the 100% fool-proof way to determine whether a chip is locked or not is SIMPLER than what was suggested.

That is:

Look at the L1 bridges at the upper left-hand corner of the chip, as shown below:

AMD L1 Bridges

An unlocked Duron – the “nail” is a pin.

If all the dots are connected, it’s unlocked. If they aren’t, it’s locked, and you need a conductive pen to fix that.

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