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I have an asrock motherboard with a AMD Athlon XP 2500+ processor. I have decided to give windows vista yet another chance although when playing games the cpu will stay at 100% and eventually my screen will go blank thus forcing me to restart the computer. The processor I have is 1.83 ghz and I have noticed that "vista ready" machines have at least a 2.01 ghz processor. After noticing this I thought maybe I should over clock my cpu a little. I know that it can be over clocked to a max of 2.40 ghz but I don't know how to even over clock a cpu.

I would spend hours browsing forums but forget that I don't have the time for it. So any help would be greatly appreciated. Did I mention I have an ati radeon 9600 pro 256 mb graphics card? Thanks for the help.
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Well people like you should keep away from Vista. You are just not going to get full speed on it. You need all the FPS and thats what you will get in XP. OC you CPU all depends in you MB. I think you CPU is a 1833MHz/166/11 Multy. setting the FBS to 200 will give you a good 2200MHz with 400FBs.
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thanks for that. So you say that I will never be able to run games successfully with my machine using vista? Or are you saying something else.
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Your CPU and GPU for that matter aren't powerful enough to run Vista, let alone any games made within the last couple years. Sorry to be so blunt, but overclocking will not yield much of a performance boost.
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Another thing too, unless you have a Barton core, you're not getting a good overclock. The Bartons were known for unlocked multi's, and the wall was around 2.3 on air.
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Another thing too, unless you have a Barton core, you're not getting a good overclock. The Bartons were known for unlocked multi's, and the wall was around 2.3 on air.
Barton cores DO NOT have unlocked multipliers. Only the mobile chips did.

To the OP:
You SHOULD be able to set your FSB up to 200MHz (should be 166 by default), and leave everything else alone. That'll put you at a AthlonXP 3200. Its a nice easy overclock and can be done on stock volts and everything.

And yes its a Barton core that you have.....but it does NOT have an unlocked multiplier. Again, that's only the mobile chips.

And no, do NOT run Vista on that machine if you plan to game with it. It can be done, but you won't like the experience at all. Stick to XP, that's what those chips were designed for anyway.

EDIT:
I'd also like to mention that your graphics card is WAAAY underpowered for Vista. Another reason to stay away from Vista. Stick with XP, and you might consider a graphics card upgrade in the near future....but it'd be better just to upgrade the whole system.
 
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You can find a nice 7600GT/7800GS AGP video card for around $100. Plug one of those babies in and your gaming experience will improve dramatically - your CPU will still be a bottleneck, but no biggie.
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Barton cores DO NOT have unlocked multipliers. Only the mobile chips did.

To the OP:
You SHOULD be able to set your FSB up to 200MHz (should be 166 by default), and leave everything else alone. That'll put you at a AthlonXP 3200. Its a nice easy overclock and can be done on stock volts and everything.

And yes its a Barton core that you have.....but it does NOT have an unlocked multiplier. Again, that's only the mobile chips.

Pre-week 35 barton cores had unlocked multipliers, and all mobile bartons had unlocked multipliers. I used to have a 2600+ that was unlocked

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