Overclocking Step By Step

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Overclocking Step By Step

   1. Turn off computer, open it up, get your motherboard manual
   2. Check your CPU markings on top and bottom of CPU, write them down and put your CPU back in again
   3. Check the current clock speed and multiplier jumper settings on your motherboard, compare them with your manual, write them down
   4. Check the supply voltage jumper settings on your motherboard, compare them with manual and your CPU marking, write it down
   5. Have you thought of a decent cooling for your CPU ? Apply it !
   6. Change the jumper settings for clock speed and/or multiplier according to your manual
   7. Check if everything is ok, no jumper forgotten or put wrongly
   8. Start computer
   9. Does it reach BIOS setup ?
  10. If yes, go to 13
  11. Turn off computer and change jumper to higher supply voltage according to manual, if possible
  12. If you still shouldn't reach BIOS setup, forget about overclocking to this speed
  13. Change BIOS setup settings to the right values
  14. Does it reach full working operation system ?
  15. If yes, start testing (I recommend Winstone or the BAPCo Suite. Don't take this job too easily! It's better to occur crashes or lock ups now, than coming across them when it counts!)
  16. If no, you should try 11 or check your cooling, you also can try some more conservative memory timings in the BIOS setup. This means increasing the wait states or the read/write cycles; but don't forget to check later if you gained speed by trying some benchmarks, cause there's no point in overclocking if your memory access is getting slower.
  17. If everything works well - congratulations, if not, try 11, check cooling
  18. Don't change supply voltage unless you have to. It only makes the chip hotter.
  19. Never forget: cooling is of main importance !

One additional thing: Windows 95 is much more picky about overclocking. Therefore it might be that you can't run Windows 95 properly with your o/c CPU though it was working just fine with DOS and Windows 3.11. You'll either have to improve the cooling or you'll have to forget about overclocking your CPU with Windows 95.

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