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    Red face overclocking carputers

    Has anyone successfully overclocked their mp3 computers?? examples??
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    I was thinking of trying to overclock my athlon 550 but figured it would get unstable and hot in the car.
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    I believe that if you do a search through the examples on this site, the Mazda MobileMP3 maker has a Celeron 366@550 running in one of his vehicles. However, I personally think that unless you need the extra speed, you should run the processor at normal speed, and lower the voltage as much as you can (before the CPU becomes unstable). Lowering the voltage drops the CPU temps, and is easier (and quieter) than installing bigger heatsinks and more fans.

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    I'm sure people have, but why would you want to?

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    Dont want to overclock mine just want to know if anyone else has....
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    Unless you want to play Quake in your car, don't bother.

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    how fast do u think a athlon 550 computer could get to without going unstable some ppl told me 850 i thought that would rock. I dont think i need it but it would sound neat lol
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    Yes, an athlon 550 could run at 850, but you'd need a massive cooling system. If you're interested in doing anything like that (for your home, it'd never work in the car) check out www.virtualhideout.net and look at some of the custom water and air cooled cases.

    My t-bird 1000 is running at 1200 right now no problems, but I have 6 fans in my system.

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    Mp3_Truck, do you have a classic Athlon? Those require a Gold Finger Device to overclock, in addition to better cooling.

    Anyway, some quick overclocking / cooling tips (in case you didn't know ):
    1) Take the pad off your heatsink if it has one. Clean the surface using nail polish remover, and use thermal grease instead. Even the cheapest thermal grease works better than the pad, but I use Arctic Silver premium grease. You can get thermal grease from www.2cooltek.com or www.plycon.com .
    2) Get a better bigger heatsink for your processor. You can get one from those cooling sites.
    3) If the computer doesn't run at the overclocked speed, bump the voltage up in small increments. Once it's stable, stop. General rule is that you don't want to raise the voltage 10% over default, although people go higher with more unorthodox cooling methods (e.g. mineral oil submersion).
    4) If you do have an Athlon classic, and it's not running at a certain speed no matter what the voltage, it may be the L2 cache. Use a larger divider, and try again.
    5) Once you have found a stable speed/voltage setting, go to www.tweakfiles.com and get some CPU hlt issuing program. I have Rain 2.0. It's free, it works. I don't recommend using this program while you are still finding a stable overclocked speed because it might run stable while idle, but crash when you start using it.

    My overclocking experience:
    Celeron 566@877 - Ran at 960, but I was edgy about 1.95 volts, and 103 was the next FSB step down.
    2 X Celeron 566@850 - Could have gone higher, but they weren't for me.
    Duron 700@969 - FOP-32 heatsink/fan & Arctic Silver
    P3 450@558 - NOT the coppermine core, pain in the ***.

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    it sounds like to much work just to gain a faster cpu for the truck cause 550 is way past requirements. so i dont think ill overclock. lol.

    and yes its a slot a athlon the older ones.
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