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Non-adjustable BIOS?

By zeuseng06
May 6, 2010
  1. Good Mornin'- I am trying to push my FSB, CPU, and RAM frequencies and voltages a bit, but my Compaq Presario SR1426NX (2004-5) BIOS page appears to not let me access those parameters. Could someone please inform and advise me as to how to get around this? I thank you in advance!
     
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    you may have a cpu that is not overclockable. The FSB may be locked.
     
  3. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    So, Tedster- What do you suggest? Can the FSB be unlocked?
     
  4. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,129

    what cpu do you have, if it uses the LGA 775 socket then you can use a pin mod
     
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,913   +92

    can you list your specs? , OEM machines very often remove all bios/voltage/OC adjustments. But there is usually software that will at least give you partial control
     
  6. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Thanks for the interest, dustin & red. The PC is a Compaq Presario SR1426NX.
    OS: WinXP 32 bit SP3
    CPU: P4 2.93Ghz
    MB: Goldfish3 8L-GE (Asus) w/ #3 RAM slot out
    RAM: 3GB installed
    HD: 160GB SATA- 2 partitions
    PS: Stock 250W (Got a 450W Corsair about to be installed)
    CD/DVD: (2) LiteOn 22X IDE
    VC: Unknown PCI (Original was integrated)
    SC: Unknown
    If you need more info, please ask. I've used computors my whole life as an engineer for GM. Now that I'm retired, I've decided to get real intimate with them from both a hard and soft perspective.
    I've been running a few Ashampoo programs and Utilities, and their HDD Control utility says that my HD is 'poor in health and performance'. It's only 11 mos. old, and I suspect it's a PS issue. I've got a new PNY GT8400 PCI VC I want to install after PS installation, hoping that it'll improve my 'social gaming' performance. I just want to say that I appreciate the input from all of you-Thanks!
     
  7. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    There was a software called Clockgen. Many people used it to OC on their Intel boards which have a locked BIOS.
     
  8. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Thanks, Ritwik7- I've been snoopin' around on CNET and it seems there is a lot of SW out there to get this done. This 'putor is my 'lab rat' and I'm using it to learn more about the world of pc design and integration. Again, I thank you for your response to my query. Cheers!
     
  9. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I assume that the P4 2.93 GHz that you have is a Prescott. I have read that with adequate voltage and cooling you can OC that CPU quite a bit.

    Whatever you do make sure that the temperatures are in check.
     
  10. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    You are correct about both statements- Prescott addition and the conservative clocking. From all that I've studied, the P4 will take an aggressive tune-up. As I'm new to this whole affair, I would like to start with the FSB frequency and push it a bit. This should carry the CPU and RAM with it, unless I'm mistaken. There is SW out there that will monitor core temps accurately enough for these apps. After the hz tune-up I would like to push the voltage 0.1 at a shot. I do not work the pc too hard- as far as tasking goes in photoshop and printshop, and similar programs, the machine is very quick. I'm having velocity issues with the Facebook/Zynga social gaming network and I think a general clocking tune-up may help. Since I posted the topic, just in the last coupla hours I've installed a Corsair 450w PSU and a PNY 8400GS 512MB video card. Since my OS is WinXP SP3 32b, I can only push the RAM so far- plus, I've got a dead #3 RAM slot in the Goldfish3 MB. I'm running 3 sticks of PNY 5300 RAM and the system is seeing about 2.97 gigs of it. Like I said earlier, I'm very thankful to those of you who respond to my elementary, mundane queries- I'm just interested in learning more! Got an interesting HD issue I'd like to share, however this may not be the appropriate place for it.
     
  11. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Ritwik, I almost forgot...How am I going to get to the elements in question to make these adjustments? I'm a bit afraid of those BIOS softwares!
     
     
  12. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I honestly have never used any software to OC an Intel proc. Actually, I've never OC'd an Intel system. I had an almost identical setup as yours (Prescott) but never got around to doing it.

    On my AMD system I use AMD Overdrive to OC. However, the BIOS that ships with my ASUS M4A78T-E mobo is also really exhaustive as far as OCing options are concerned. I suggest you look around on the net for more info on these OC softwares that you plan on using. I'm sure there will be others here who will be able to help you further.
     
  13. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,913   +92

  14. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Thanks, red & Ritwik, I'll snoop around some more. From what I've seen and heard, the software programs for OCing are rather complex.
     
  15. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    I think red1776 is the best guide to have around when OCing! :D

    He helped me out with mine.
     
  16. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    For red1776- I downloaded the nvidia program and ran it as you suggested. The only thing it would do for me was run a system stress test, which I did for 10 mins. The results indicated 21 passes were completed. What this means, I've no clue. There was nothing there as far as adjusting any BIOS parameters.(?)
     
  17. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,913   +92


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    so the ref clock slider (upper left) was not adjustable?
     
  18. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Let me go back and check. Shoot, I didn't even see this page you pasted. I'll get back to you- Thanks red1776
     
  19. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Hey, red1776- I'll be darned if I can find that page you pasted from the nvidia control panel. Could you please tell me what I'm doing wrong? Thank-you!
     
  20. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,913   +92

  21. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Thank-you, red1776. I'll go have a looksee!
     
  22. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Yeah, for what ever reason, it just won't let me get to that page. I'm just wonderin' if my mobo is locked in such a manner as to not allow any tweaking...
     
  23. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,913   +92

    well that's the general idea, i will have a look around and see if i can find something that will get you control of the FSB. I have been able to on almost every OEM 'locked' MB I have come across. I will get back to you in a PM.
     
  24. zeuseng06

    zeuseng06 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 34

    Well, thank-you very much, red1776! we certainly appreciate your efforts on this matter. please keep in touch. tim
     
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