View Full Version : Overclocking a dell, need help! Stuck in a hole
04-22-05, 09:55 PM
Ok, this is what i do know, you can't overclock my cpu through the bios, so I tried using coolcpu to change FSbus through windows. That didn't work because the dll does not communicate to the chipset through the SMbus.
Is there a way to physically modifying the motherboard so this can work or should I just throw it into a lake on a sunny day?
04-22-05, 10:07 PM
don't throw it in a lake, there would be a giant tsunami!
Well I had a HP and I couldn't get the stupid thing to overclock no matter what I did. The motherboard just wasn't built for it.............
04-22-05, 10:10 PM
Errrr Dell? No idea.
04-22-05, 10:19 PM
That my friend, will be determined by Triton. Don't worry all the necessary sacrifices have been arranged.
Most Resellers like Dell, HP, and Gateway all make it so no matter what you do, you can't OC. I tried it on an old HP just for fun but nothing ever happened. I use it for my Linux Rig now.
04-23-05, 05:35 AM
If you find out what motherboard it is you can sometimes flash the BIOS to the manufacturer's defualt instead of the OEM's custom version.
OEMs have custom BIOS made for them with things like their LOGO in it and clock options removed (as well as many other options am I'm sure you noticed. I once purchased an HP laptop where the ONLY option in bios was boot order). Overclocking breaks things and OEMs don't want to pay for broken hardware under warrenty so they remove that option.
However, even if you do successfully flash the BIOS without rendering the mobo into a useless hunk of PCB the limitations of the case, PSU and HSF probably won't allow you much of an overclock. In short: don't try to overclock OEM crap, build it from the ground up.
04-23-05, 04:52 PM
thanks flasher702, thas all I needed to know.
05-06-05, 09:12 PM
check what type of MB you have in the Dell (model #,...) and then do a search for that MB on the net. What you would need is a modified Bios and then you might get what you need to overclock. But be careful doing this update. Go to the Dell web site and download the current Bios for this MB BEFORE you change anything! :attn:
mabe if u can tell me what model your dell is?
theres this thing called clockgen from CPUID (http://www.cpuid.org/clockgen.php)
and you can overclock ur dell probably about a 24 percent.
i have a dell with a 2.4b currently running at 2.68 stable!
any question just ask.
Hmmm interesting. Clockgen only works on certain chipsets though so he would just have to give it a try. It wouldn't work on my HP from what I remember.
08-23-06, 03:19 PM
I have a Gateway and have been reading all over the place to see if its even possible and the consensus has pretty much been no, or *a little* but not enough for it to be worth the time. I'll probably buy a new MB eventually, but for now, I can live with only O/C'ing the video card. Maybe I'll try what the guy a couple posts up did with his Dell. I'll need to find out the maker of my MB and download the current BIOS. I already can confirm that there aren't any overclocking settings in my BIOS and the voltages are all greyed out. I still don't get how they make their MB's virtually impossible(or at least very hard) to overclock. I mean, the kind of people who will be wanted to O/C will be the folks, like myself, who open the case the day they buy it and therefore void the warrenty anyway.
08-24-06, 03:13 PM
Probably because only 10-15% of all comp users o/c. Would the rest of you agree?
Heh less than that. If there were that many of us then they would include thouse options ;).
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