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I posted a little while ago about overclocking a dell dimension 5150 and so i know now that it cannot conventionally be overclocked, there is software like clockgen but i tried using it and it still doesnt look like i can make adjustments. I also downloaded and installed the newest bios version last night from Dell and its the same thing of course.

Is there a way i can change my bios on my dell somehow so it is able to overclock? because i found that i have a pentium D 805 with a slow bus speed but a 20x multiplier. Is there some flash i can do? or am i just better off getting a new motherboard. i would prefer though if i could just keep the one i have. thanks
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I posted a little while ago about overclocking a dell dimension 5150 and so i know now that it cannot conventionally be overclocked, there is software like clockgen but i tried using it and it still doesnt look like i can make adjustments. I also downloaded and installed the newest bios version last night from Dell and its the same thing of course.

Is there a way i can change my bios on my dell somehow so it is able to overclock? because i found that i have a pentium D 805 with a slow bus speed but a 20x multiplier. Is there some flash i can do? or am i just better off getting a new motherboard. i would prefer though if i could just keep the one i have. thanks
I'm pretty sure most dells use intel boards so you probably can't flash it to something that overclocks. There are some companies that use Asus boards like HP, and if you can find the equivalent bios for their boards sometimes you can overclock. Most name brand pc's however use custom boards with custom bioses you can't modify. If you replace your board with another one there is also the possibility your windows/recovery disks that came with your dell won't work anymore as well.
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I posted a little while ago about overclocking a dell dimension 5150 and so i know now that it cannot conventionally be overclocked, there is software like clockgen but i tried using it and it still doesnt look like i can make adjustments. I also downloaded and installed the newest bios version last night from Dell and its the same thing of course.

Is there a way i can change my bios on my dell somehow so it is able to overclock? because i found that i have a pentium D 805 with a slow bus speed but a 20x multiplier. Is there some flash i can do? or am i just better off getting a new motherboard. i would prefer though if i could just keep the one i have. thanks
Generally Dell, HP, Gateway, and others use propietary motherboards that cannot be overclocked. To them it's less headaches replacing burned out CPU's. You might get lucky and find some sort of BIOS hack somewhere. But I'm not sure I'd trust that either. Personally I'd just get a new motherboard. Be warned that you might void XP if you have it because XP will see it as a whole new system. It uses a points system. If you keep the CPU and all the other hardware it will probably pass. ~JadeMiner~
    
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i havent heard about voiding my operating sytem by installing a new motherboard i guess it makes sense also i dont even have my restore disk anymore i think, but how would i be able to figure out if a particular motherboard would work with my OS? Obviously i need an Intel mobo that has the right socket for my cpu and all that and fits in my case but..

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yeah does anybody know how to determine what kind of motherboard you could get for your computer without voiding the windows warranty?
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there is no mobo that you can get that will allow you to keep your current copy if windows
    
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oh i see now. So there is pretty much no way to speed up the processor and i am stuck with this hunk of junk and the only real definitive option is just to get a new computer. i see...

because it doesnt even look like i can buy a much faster processor that is compatible with this board.

and then if i get a new board to to be able to oc then i need a new copy of windows. hmm

niiice

eh there was no real way that i could have avoided this seeing that i didnt know anything about computers before i bought this one. eh i guess thats how it goes.
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or you could buy a mobo and a copy of windows
    
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yeah thats an option. gotta think in the abstract lol


...*searches price of windowsXP*

HUH?? $200? what is this crap.
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actually all you need is a windows disk. when you buy a retail computer it comes with a retail copy of windows so you can change all the parts and still install windows. we did that my my buddies AMD rig. changed his mobo out and everytihng else you can think of and it ran like a dream.
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