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
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
OVER CLOCKING... yeah... now that is the
Back to you later on my attempts to
overclock my CD Rom drive....
October 25th, 1998
Hmm...I think that you've been in
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
This is all so clear now...
Overclocking.... yeah... that is the ticket...
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).