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I am trying to overclock an intel pentenium 4 dual core currently at 2.80 ghz, and was wondering what overclock I should put it at. when I use http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/ubuntu-cpu-information/'s guide find out my specs, it comes up with this.

Input,

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo

output

processor   : 0
vendor_id   : GenuineIntel
cpu family  : 15
model       : 3
model name  : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
stepping    : 4
microcode   : 0x17
cpu MHz     : 2792.974
cache size  : 1024 KB
physical id : 0
siblings    : 2
core id     : 0
cpu cores   : 1
apicid      : 0
initial apicid  : 0
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug     : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu     : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level : 5
wp      : yes
flags       : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe constant_tsc pebs bts pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl cid xtpr
bogomips    : 5585.94
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 128
address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
power management:

processor   : 1
vendor_id   : GenuineIntel
cpu family  : 15
model       : 3
model name  : Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
stepping    : 4
microcode   : 0x17
cpu MHz     : 2792.974
cache size  : 1024 KB
physical id : 0
siblings    : 2
core id     : 0
cpu cores   : 1
apicid      : 1
initial apicid  : 1
fdiv_bug    : no
hlt_bug     : no
f00f_bug    : no
coma_bug    : no
fpu     : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level : 5
wp      : yes
flags       : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe constant_tsc pebs bts pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl cid xtpr
bogomips    : 5586.29
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 128
address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
power management:

also, to find out how many cores,

grep -c processor /proc/cpuinfo

output

2
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Can't you do this from the BIOS? –  Uri Herrera Aug 6 '12 at 15:34
    
Thats what I'm saying, I want to overclock my cpu which I will do from the bios, but I need to know what I should overclock it to. –  Gubuntu Aug 6 '12 at 15:41
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What has this to do with Ubuntu? or 12.04 for that matter?! –  Alvar Aug 6 '12 at 15:42
    
This is highly off-topic. Consider superuser.com. –  hexafraction Aug 6 '12 at 15:58
    
I knew this would happen, I knew it !!!!!!!! (runs round the room in rage!!!!!!) –  Gubuntu Aug 6 '12 at 16:32
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As an old-school Pentium 4/Pentium D, you overclock it by:

  • Increasing the FSB
  • Adjusting the PCI divider (and maybe PCI-E clock)
  • Adjusting the DRAM clock multiplier

provided your motherboard supports all this. That's the most stable way to do it. You will have to contact your motherboard manufacturer to see if they provide any Linux utilities that will let you do this in software.

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This really isn't related to Ubuntu..?

Overclocking isn't something you should asking about how to do. You can end up with broken hardware. You will need to read about it so you understand how it works and what you need to change.

Unless you have some of the an engineering sample of a pentium 4 then the multipler is locked. This makes overclocking much harder. The only way is to increase your FSB which in the P4's is limited to 10% increase by intel to protect the hardware.

Really its not easy or worth you while with that chip. If you really want to jump in to BIOS and punch up your FSB very slowly checking for stability everytime with prime95 and using something like real temp to keep your temps in check. But i wouldnt recommend it with this chip.

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Some chips come with a unlocked multipler some dont. My chip in home PC for example is. 1366 socket i7 930. Very good for overclocking because its unlocked and the 1366 CPU's were good for overclocking. After market cooler would be something to look into aswell. Stock coolers dont handle overlocking well. Don't get me wrong you can overclock this chip but its not easy. –  LinuxBill Aug 6 '12 at 16:02
    
Some big sites put up guides. But the best way to get the advice and info is to join a forum like Bit-Tech.net / Overclockers.co.uk Both of these have lots of people who are happy to help and advise. That's where I started out just asking for help. I have now built my own custom PC with water cooling loop. –  LinuxBill Aug 6 '12 at 16:04
    
Alvar there is something from overlockers good place to start overclockers.com/3-step-guide-overclock-core-i3-i5-i7 –  LinuxBill Aug 6 '12 at 16:06
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