Palm: Don't use the unofficial "overclocking" patch

Palm: Don't use the unofficial
Not too long ago there was kernal patch that was made available for the Palm Pre by the WebOS community which essentially allowed users to overclock the CPU inside the smartphone all the way to 800 MHz. Despite the individual efforts to provide owners of the device some extra speed, Palm's stance on the issue isn't quite lively when you look closely at it. Although they clearly state that they appreciate the efforts made by the WebOS community, they're really not too keen on promoting its idea as they neither endorse nor recommend it. They've even gone as far as saying that the use of the kernal patch on the device will likely result in a voided warranty and encourage owners to use Palm approved official updates. Naturally they're discouraging the use of the unofficial “overclocking” patch – but they do applaud the efforts as they continue to try and improve the speed performance through their official updates.

source: Palm

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7 Comments

1. Trevsx1000

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 08, 2009

Last time I checked no manufacturer condones overclocking...

2. jedi2000

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

That's not 100% accurate anymore with the newer i7 intel chipset they recommend an overclocking option. I would assume that this is so that you don't over over clock and melt your pc.

6. Trevsx1000

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 08, 2009

And the phone with this intel chip would be...?

3. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

They should upgrade the processor so their poor customers dont have to OC... and while theyre at it, up the screen size so its not so girly.

4. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

800Mhz + Battery temp monitor FTW.

5. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

As long as you don't overclock the phone to the point where you can't reset it to factory defaults, it's highly unlikely that anyone would be able to tell that the phone was damaged due to overclocking. I don't really get the big deal though. I overclocked my Droid and didn't see much of a difference in speed or performance. Unrooted it and went back to defaults, I'm waiting for the 2.1 upgrade, but I am getting impatient. Might just have to hack it again.

7. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

I don't know a manufactuer out there that wouldn't love being able to report better speeds or accelerated performance for their devices. However, as phone333 pointed out, when you run the processor at full throttle, overheating begins to be a concern (my car's speedometer reaches 180, it's prob not recommended I run it at that speed consistently). If you get a warranty exchange, and the manufactuer finds the board melted when they inspect it (and they DO inspect them), it's a simple matter to find out which acct had that deviec last and slap a charge (full retail) for the voided warranty replacement.

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