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Mar 20, 2002
i am just getting into o/cing and know some of the basics but not enough. I am really good with computers. I have made many in in past, but never tried changing any of the origanal settings. I curently have a celeron 600. How do you change the FSB? i just cant figure it out.. any tips would be great. thanks a lot :D


Captain Random Senior Evil
Nov 8, 2001

Welcome to the forums!

It helps to know the brand and model of your motherboard for starters, and get familiar with the bios. It is in the bios that overclocking happens or doesn't. Some boards have the settings, some don't. Some boards use dip switches and jumpers. There's also software that can raise the front side bus, but I'm not very familiar with it.

To make it easier on yourself when you have questions and when we need to know what kind of hardware you have in order to give you answers, list your system's parts in a signature. That way you won't be typing it over and over... Go to "User CP" button, "edit profile" button, and give yourself a sig.
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Senior @ss
Sep 23, 2001
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This is just gonna be kinda generalized help since you don't have much information, but it should help give ya a start. If you haven't already read this, the Overclockers.com Beginner's Guide Section has some good stuff to know about how to overclock, and other helpful hints about your computer in general. One article I think is definitely worth a look is this one , which was written by one of our Forum Senior Members, Batboy. It is a very thorough article that gives you the do’s and don’ts of overclocking. Likewise, you might find the CPU Database of some help in determining what others have been able to safely overclock your processor to.

Take baby steps... nothing more than maybe 110FSB on your first shot. Boot into Windows and run some sort of processor intensive application or burn-in utility for about an hour, and if it's stable, reboot, and try a higher FSB. Basically, this is trial and error. If you go too high and the system will not POST, you must find the "clear CMOS" jumper, and set it so it will clear the BIOS (your manual should have more info on this). This will restore everything to default, but it should let you boot.

You'll want to keep an eye on your temperatures. Make sure they never exceed 50C, and try to keep them below 45C.

If an overclock is somewhat stable, but still gives you some errors, you can boost the voltage, but then keep an even closer eye on the temps as that will raise heat.

Also, you might reach a point at which some of your PCI/AGP cards may not work. Most cards can handle up to a 40MHz PCI frequency well, but after that, start to flake out. Be especially careful if you're using a NIC, as these are known to be very persnickety about high PCI speeds.

Some good programs for burn-in and general system maintenance are Motherboard Manager 5 (MBM5), SiSoft Sandra, Toast, and Prime 95. You can check to see if some of these are available at downloads.com (I know Sandra is available there), and aoafiles.com also has some good CPU programs (and other nice, interesting stuff, as well).

G'luck, and report back with your max. speed and/or any problems you may have!