First is BIOS
Second is NST (Nvidia System tools)
To over clock in BIOS turn on your machine and @ the Alienhead click F2 to enter setup.
When in setup push -> (right arrow) to reach the advanced menu.
After you are there go to the Bottom and select Overclocking
once there press enter where it says Auto and select unlinked
After you click that 2 more options will appear
FSB is the bus for your CPU and when you increase the speed you will overclock your CPU
Memory frequency is how fast your RAM runs
The Base speed is 1066, i recommend raising it by 10 @ a time and booting up and runnign a stress test on your CPU to see if its stable
ORTHOS (Duals only)
Wprime (quads and Duals)
The other option is Nvidia System Tools
(this is the safest way since the computer will crash and restart back at stock clocks )
Download Nvidia system tools ( i use 6.02 and i have never had a problem)
only install the Performance Utility
once installed you will see this
that is with the FSB set @ 1333
to overclock just simply type in the FSB you want and click Apply
Note: i have the Highest FSB setting possible @ 362 Mhz so i would not recommend anything higher then that
To overclock the GPU's
Click GPU under performance menu ( then device settings)
Then set the Clocks you want and then click apply
just as an FYI this is a after thought part
here it is in the wise words of Evilcoasair
|To find the max GPU overclock you will need to find the max clock of each part (core, shader, memory) individually. This helps in finding the max.
Start with core and raise it in steps of 10MHz. Download and run ATITool and stress test it to check if it's stable. (Don't be put off by the fact it has ATI in its name! It works perfectly fine for nVidia too, and the nVidia stress test sucks...completely useless) Once your computer crashes or ATITool starts to artifact (artifacts are graphical errors, often yellow spots in the case of ATITool) then you have gone too far, drop back down to the stable clock you were at last and stress test it hard drop it further if necessary.
Do this for each component (reset the core to standard clock when raising shader, and reset core and shader to normal to raise memory) and once you've found the maximum for all 3 parts, set that.
Keep a very close eye on GPU temps when overclocking. GPUs run hot (and even these in the M17x's excellent cooling system are no exception) and forcing them faster will only make them hotter. To test temps use some solid gaming (not sure if ATITool stresses temps well) and I'd clock down if you're hitting temps of 85C or more. If you're intent on getting the max speeds, it should be safe up to 109.9
There you go Moo, put that in your guide
ill edit this @ request because i am NOT very good @ presentation
HWmonitor monitor temps of your laptop
CPU-z to check your true CPU speeds and see the status
GPU-z to check your true GPU speeds and to make sure the clocks are set
SAFTEY QUESTIONS /FAQ
Overclocking the CPU does NOT hurt it as long as it stays in a safe temperature zone 10-90c. The chips are all the same with different locked multipliers. IE qx9300 = x2 t9400's on a single chip
The overclocking on this machine can be reset @ any time. The BIOS can be cleared by removing the CMOS battery under the service panel which is removed with 2 screws.
If the CPU is overclocked to a unstable speed then it will just restart , which means NO DAMAGE
It does not shorten the life span of a CPU when you overclock. What does is the repeated heating and cooling of the CPU. With that said, CPU's made today are extremely tough and reliable and even with the overclocking and heating they will last longer then you will probably keep the laptop