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I have an hp netbook with an intel Atom at 1.6ghz. I recently went into the bios to try to see if I could oc it and discovered it doesn't let me. Is true for you guys as well or an I just being a rookie with the bios? (it showed the clock speed but didn't allow me to edit it) I was considering ocing it even if I have to increase the rpm on fan via the bios because it's a very slow machine.
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I have an hp netbook with an intel Atom at 1.6ghz. I recently went into the bios to try to see if I could oc it and discovered it doesn't let me. Is true for you guys as well or an I just being a rookie with the bios? (it showed the clock speed but didn't allow me to edit it) I was considering ocing it even if I have to increase the rpm on fan via the bios because it's a very slow machine.

Most laptops have locked bios to prevent pretty much all tinkering. In this case, there's really nothing you can do, and even if you could, I don't know that you'd get much out of an Atom processor.
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I had an asus eeepc netbook that was able to be software overclocked but as soon as you did it, it would knock out the LAN/Wifi drivers. So unless there's a working software overclock that you can use then you're just stuck as is.
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oh ok thanks for the info guys. I think that a locked bios (can't believe they exist) defeats the whole purpose of a bios unless you're old school about finding out system info and don't klow about programs that can retrieve system info for you like Speccy.
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oh ok thanks for the info guys. I think that a locked bios (can't believe they exist) defeats the whole purpose of a bios unless you're old school about finding out system info and don't klow about programs that can retrieve system info for you like Speccy.

A locked BIOS makes sense for low-mid end laptops. There's no point having overclocking features since the heat would go up quite a lot and the CPU is probably too slow to notice the difference in clock speed changes. It probably wouldn't be able to overclock much, anyway.
    
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Gotcha thanks.
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You can overclock the Atom, most I got was 2.0Ghz on my old 1201n I used to have a while back.

setFSB was the program I used I believe, its been a while though
    
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You can overclock the Atom, most I got was 2.0Ghz on my old 1201n I used to have a while back.

setFSB was the program I used I believe, its been a while though

Yup. Did the same. I got a 2GHz out of the thing but she BSOD'd a lot. My Asus 1001P however had a hidden BIOS feature tied into that would allow both slight over (1.86GHz) and under clocks(1GHz). But really, with an Atom older than the 3000 series (AKA Bay Trail) you should use Linux or sell it if it is too slow for you. OCing it just isn't worth the effort.
     
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Oh no, your absolutely right lol. I had the 1201n as my primary machine for a short period of time and thats what I did for a small ump in performance.

The mainboard will be the largest bottleneck in the Atom ultimately so cant really net much performance from overclocking anyways lol

Speaking of which, I have a mini 9 still. Its time I start experimenting with Linux.
    
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Yup. Did the same. I got a 2GHz out of the thing but she BSOD'd a lot..
Darn it. Did you try increasing the fan speed? What were the temps?
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