want to overclock bios/processor, need help

April 4, 2011 at 20:08:59
Specs: Windows 7
amd sempron si42 clocking at 1050.02mhz, relatively new computer with OEM installed mobo, upgraded to win 7 ultimate, processor lost dual clock ability when I upgraded OS, I need exact instructions for setting clock speed. computer is running extremely slow now even clocking over 1050 mhz it overloads really easy, Im hoping my bios is not locked, if it is, Im not going to be able to change the clock speed without extra software, any assistance would be greatly appreciated, if more information is needed, please contact me with whatever questions you have

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#1
April 4, 2011 at 22:04:20
some aditional information I forgot to add, possibly a request for detail, I know enough about bios to change boot order and such, I would appreciate a step by step walk through with menu locations for this procedure so as to prevent damage to the computer

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#2
April 5, 2011 at 06:19:23
It would help if you'd post the make/model of your system & it's especially important to state that it's a laptop. Laptops generally are NOT overclockable. And there's nothing wrong with your CPU - AMD's PowerNow! is doing it's job. The CPU clock speed & CPU voltage will vary depending on load. This keeps the CPU running cool & preserves battery power.

http://www.amd.com/us/products/tech...


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#3
April 5, 2011 at 09:38:25
I dont have the "power now" software, or atleast it doesnt seem that way, is there somewhere I can go to find the program??... if I can find the power now program I'll be a happy person, Im using a Toshiba satellite L455dS5976, I think a couple major utilities got lost during the upgrade, and I'd like to know where to find them

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#4
April 5, 2011 at 09:39:05
Laptops lock BIOS on CPUs and GPUs for a reason... higher clocks = more heat.

Some people use laptops on their laps.

Its not worth the inevitable lawsuits from idiots who burn themselves or fry their machines.

Not to mention, most people who buy laptops aren't looking to overclock. Performance is not their strength, its their compromise


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#5
April 5, 2011 at 11:00:23
I never EVER use my laptop on my lap without making sure its got good ventilation, I purchased a cooling mat specifically to keep it from burning me, the darn thing was running great after the install of ultimate... for about a week... then it went to crap, I wonder, is there a "retail" version of the bios used, sometimes flashing the bios with a retail copy set unlocks the advanced options, I dont want much out of my computer, mostly trying to get multimedia to play better... if I can get access to the AMD powernow programs it may help... I guess my next question will be, how do I access and change settings in the power now utility on the processor?

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#6
April 5, 2011 at 17:36:16
Do not use BIOS from the retail board, it will fail and you will have an expensive paperweight.
Do not overclock a laptop.
DO go to the manufacturer's website and update all of your drivers with those intended for your model AND Windows 7. All of your features will work again. Then remove unneeded programs from starting up with Windows. Then use disk clean up AND then use disk drefrag. These will optimize your system.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
April 5, 2011 at 17:40:59
this was basically a last resort, next step is to wipe and reinstall OS, thank you all for your help

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#8
April 5, 2011 at 18:27:34
What did you think you'd gain by upgrading to Win 7 Ultimate? You have a low end laptop with a low end single core CPU. Assuming the original OS was Win 7 Home 32-bit & you replaced it with Ultimate 64-bit, you doubled the minimum RAM requirement from 1GB to 2GB. And from what I could find, your Toshiba only came with 2GB RAM. Did you upgrade the RAM? If not, it's stands to reason that the performance would suffer after the OS upgrade.

"I dont have the "power now" software"

PowerNow! (aka Cool'n'Quiet) is built into Windows 7. There is no program to install. As long as it's enabled in the BIOS (I assume it is by default), all you need to do is tweak your power settings.

http://forums.legitreviews.com/abou...


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#9
April 5, 2011 at 22:43:07
I did NOT upgrade to a 64 bit OS, I DID upgrade to ultimate, I CAN go back to win 7 premium, I know my computer does not have the system requirements to run a 64 bit OS...thank you again for the information and the help given

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#10
April 6, 2011 at 19:48:47
Better::: Click on start and type msconfig and select this from the top of the list. Then go to Start tab and uncheck most programs from starting with Windows, just leave MS/Windows, Antivirus, and anything you consider essential at start up. The restart your system. That should help a lot.
Next::: IF you have Norton OR McAfee (notorious bloatware) uninstall using the uninstaller on their website and get a better leaner meaner antivirus program. Avast or MS Security Essentials are two good choices and are both free. (Avast remains free if you register)
Next::: Run Disk clean up AND disk defrag.
You do these and you just might optimize your system for your hardware and get a better overall experience and be at least a little bit happier.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#11
April 6, 2011 at 23:02:15
went through msconfig utility, disabled programs and services that were nonessential, and still having issues with processor running a t max load more often than not, I already run Avast, I guess now, my next step is full system clean, registry check(looking for missing keys, or unassociated keys) using CCleaner followed by defrag and disk cleanup, if that doesnt help I still havent had an opportunity to re install OEM operating system, will do that next, as fingers said, this should make me a little happier, I didnt realize how much of the system resources an upgrade in OS could take and I feel a little... retarded now for not researching more

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