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  OverClocking with an Attitude


Recently, these comments were culled from a mailing list, posted by the Mystic Overclocker:

October 24th, 1998:

This is about Overclocking and the Mystic Overclocker will probably curse me for this, but the system is very stable at 500MHz, although I'm not going to tempt fate for very long...

Curse you...?? on the contrary...

I saw the light! About 11:48pm last night, after reading your comments, I wrote to Tom Pabst, explaining how I had seen the light and knew he was right and how wrong I had been, begging him to share his wisdom on Overclocking. Then, ten minutes later I received detailed instructions. I have just gone back online after a night of work. First I got a big role of black electrician's tape, several pieces of gum wrapper foil, a hair pin, some solder and my soldering iron... it was quite tricky... and there is not a lot of room left now for air flow but after two rolls of solder, a big wad of chewing gum and some interesting carving on my PII chip board... I was able to set the chip to 66mhz and clock it to 8x... now I the system reports PII-528...

Heat was an issue... but thankfully my neighbor was out of town for the weekend. I took a few tools over and removed his under the counter refrigerator from his bar in the family room. I then just dropped the whole computer into the fridge, (after drilling a large hole in the back to feed the cable through), and set it under my desk. I intend to visit the Hardware store today and replace his fridge so he will not know it was missing. Now, the fridge does make a touch more noise than the computer and I have to move my chair back about a foot from my desk in order to open the door to access the CD Rom or floppy drive... but the computer is real cool now.

I am a bit bleary eyed, after all I have been up all night. The wife came down stairs this morning and looked in on me, only to walk away shaking her head. Seven pots of coffee later... I am still going strong.  A new idea has hit me know... I am considering taking my chain saw and creating an opening in the floor to lower the fridge and allow for a flush mount. I am concerned about the 87 or so wires I soldered into the CPU and the gum wrapper wedged into the SLOT ONE... but, it works for now.

My next thought is my video card. If I can accomplish this, I am thinking I have about a dozen 1mg 30 pin ram chips left over from the upgrades. I am thinking I can solder those into a series onto my video card and double the available video ram. I may need to run the wires outside the box as the CPU upgrade no longer allows for anymore room inside the box... but, with the advent of the fridge cooling system, I can mount them inside the fridge... oh, it is all so clear to me know...

OVER CLOCKING... yeah... now that is the ticket!!!! 

Back to you later on my attempts to overclock my CD Rom drive....

 

October 25th, 1998

Hmm...I think that you've been in the
 liquor locker again ;-)

Liquor..?? now.. now... now...

Actually, after another pot of coffee the idea of Overclocking my CD Rom made more sense... 

I have been out in my yard shed and discovered that my leaf blower runs at about 22,000rpm... I have the cover off my CD Rom drive and a big rubber band stretched to the drive spindle... I think this means I will need to mount the leaf blower on the outside of the fridge with an opening through the side for the rubber band. Right now I have the hot glue gun warming up here on my desk to attach the leaf blower to the fridge. If I have it right in my head, with the gear differential between my leaf blower and the CD Rom spindle, I should be able to get the baby up to about 65,000 rpm... since it was spinning at 10,000rpm for 40X... I calculate that my CD Rom drive will be a 260X+ drive when I finish... that should make those CD games just fly.... 

BTW... the wife and kids left for the day... she was muttering something about "damn computer geek..."

This is all so clear now... Overclocking.... yeah... that is the ticket...    more later....

 

October 28, 1998

BTW... the leaf blower idea never panned out. The CD ran like a rocket for a while and then it started sawing it's way through the side of the case... if it had been diamond edged, it might have made it. The worse part of that was I ruined a really great leaf blower and the wife stopped speaking to me until I moved the refrigerator out from under my desk... *sigh* ...at least I never cut the hole in the floor to flush mount it... I would probably be sleeping on the couch.

This was the last we heard of the Mystic Overclocker. We will report any further posts from him. You should also know that we do not allow the Mystic Overclocker to post to "our" mailing lists as his information is outside of our usual quality.

Please remember not to try this at home as the Mystic Overclocker is a Professional and trained in the use of computer components, (well, maybe).

 


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