Overclocking my Troublesome P4 HT

Dell / Dimension 9100...
April 5, 2009 at 02:08:06
Specs: Windows XP professional, Intel Pentium 4 HT w/ 3327MB(3.25G)
It's getting annoying, This unit has such great potential. I upgraded the RAM to 7/8ths Its potential, still only getting half. I slightly upgraded the Video card, only getting 3/4ths that. Have a 3.0 HT Pentium 4, with potential of 4.0ghz. My Motherboard, lord knows what it is... it's a Dell, Inc. 0X8582. With Pheonix ROM BIOS Plus V. 1.10 A01. The unit HAs admitedly pushed bigger games than I'm giving it credit for, the HT has come in handy but.. It's just not pushing it anymore. New generation, Games are more demanding, and so I'd like to Unleash the RAW power of this Forgotten Beast.

[Forgot to mention, BIOS has the OverClock locked from easy access, Yet it gives SpeedStep option... Stupid Teasing Company.]

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April 5, 2009 at 05:58:17
Ok, Lil update. I know my PLL# But ClockGen doesn't have it, and SoftFSB doesn't take PLL.. That I know of.. Help...

Manufacturer: Dell inc.
Tower: Dimension 9100
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: Intel Pentium 4 HT 3.0 GHz / 3326 MB DDR2 RAM [3.25G]
Video Card: RADEON X300 SE 128MB HyperMem

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April 5, 2009 at 07:25:37
I don't understand your comments:

"I upgraded the RAM to 7/8ths Its potential" - what does that mean? You're running a 32-bit OS so your RAM amount is maxed out. I'm not sure if you have 4GB installed or not, but the max the OS will recognize will be between 3.0 & 3.5GB....looks like you're already there.

"I slightly upgraded the Video card, only getting 3/4ths that" - 3/4ths of what? The X300SE is an extremely weak card, plus it uses Hypermemory. It has 128MB dedicated memory on the card itself, but "borrows" system RAM on the fly on an as-needed basis.

"Yet it gives SpeedStep option..." - SpeedStep doesn't speed the system up, it slows it down.

"Stupid Teasing Company" - what's the tease? The majority of OEM's cripple the BIOS settings to prevent overclocking. This prevents tech support from being swamped with calls from the clueless masses who would tinker with their settings, then make their system completely unbootable.

Your Dell isn't meant to be overclocked & even if you are able to find a software overclocking program that will work, the results will be very limited. Time to face the facts, you do not have a very good machine, regardless of what you think the potential might be.


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April 5, 2009 at 07:27:20
Forget overclocking that machine as the bios offers nothing...You will get no where near 4 ghz with software because you cant lock the bus speeds. Next time buy a real motherboard and not a oem machine.You may hit 3.3ghz but will see no real improvement with that. Push this to much and you may corrupt your hard drive. Save your money for a real computer if you want to overclock...

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