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Ok. So I recently updated my secondary Linux machine with some of my friend's old parts:

AMD 4200+ X2 @ 2.2 Ghz
MCP61PM-AM Rev: 1.0A (Yanked out of an old Gateway)
2 GB DDR2

Unfortunately, the mobo has a locked BIOS and I can't overclock. :pinch: I Googled around and I found some sites that talk about flashing and unlocking the BIOS, but it has mixed reviews--most people screwed their board up. What are my options here? I was thinking about getting an AM3+ board in the future for my primary machine and moving over my current AM2+ board, but that's a long ways off. What could I do now?


*sigh* OEM reindeer games. This is the #1 reason I don't buy consumer PC's and build my own. :/

Thanks guys!

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You could try AMD Overdrive
[url="http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/amd-overdrive/pages/overview.aspx"]http://sites.amd.com...s/overview.aspx[/url]

[b] Maximum control for massive headroom[/b]

Personalize your experience with state-of-the-art real-time overclocking*. Used by world record setting overclockers across the globe, AMD OverDrive
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[quote name='Detection' timestamp='1356294890' post='595411664']
I wouldn't mess around with custom BIOSs, good chance you'll be the proud owner of a huge brick
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Yeah--that's one think I've learned over the years when it comes to flashing BIOS's and firmwares: If it an't broke, don't fix it.

Question tho: I currently have Linux installed. If I dual boot with 7 and OC with this, will my OC stick when I boot into Linux? I'm thinking the answer is probably "no" , right?

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You try this? http://www.ztex.de/misc/k10ctl.e.html

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[quote name='Mindovermaster' timestamp='1356296209' post='595411704']
You try this? [url="http://www.ztex.de/misc/k10ctl.e.html"]http://www.ztex.de/misc/k10ctl.e.html[/url]
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I actually did try that. No joy. :(

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[quote name='Tyler R.' timestamp='1356295305' post='595411682']
Yeah--that's one think I've learned over the years when it comes to flashing BIOS's and firmwares: If it an't broke, don't fix it.

Question tho: I currently have Linux installed. If I dual boot with 7 and OC with this, will my OC stick when I boot into Linux? I'm thinking the answer is probably "no" , right?
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If you OC with a program in windows and boot into another OS, the OC won't stick

If you OC with the BIOS, it will stick in any OS

I know AMD OD does have some interaction with the BIOS, when I used it I couldn't OC higher than I had my BIOS set to, but that was when my BIOS didn't support my CPU fully so might not be relevant

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[quote name='Detection' timestamp='1356297474' post='595411736']
If you OC with a program in windows and boot into another OS, the OC won't stick

If you OC with the BIOS, it will stick in any OS

I know AMD OD does have some interaction with the BIOS, when I used it I couldn't OC higher than I had my BIOS set to, but that was when my BIOS didn't support my CPU fully so might not be relevant
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Oh, well that's a bummer. I guess I can just deal with it until I get my new mobo. It's plenty fast for a Linux machine. None the less, thank you for your help. :)
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