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I finally found a way to access the BIOS on my computer!

  1. Jul 14, 2009 #1
    I have finally found a way to access my BIOS settings in my computer! I am running Windows Vista 64 bit Home Premium, a C2Q Q9400 2.66 GHz @ 2.66 GHz. 6GB of DDR2 800 MHz RAM, Radeon HD 4850 512 MB GPU.

    I have never done this before, I am aiming at clocking my CPU from 2.66 GHz to 3.00 GHz. Should I be able to do this with my stock cooler? I heard overclocking can be extremely dangerous. Such as causing your system to constantly crash, not to boot, become unstable, cause data corruption, and even damage/break components on your PC. How do I do this properly, without those things happening?
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  3. Jul 15, 2009 #2
    Use your computer in fridge
  4. Jul 15, 2009 #3
    The fact that you are just NOW figuring out how to access your BIOS is enough to tell me that you don't know enough knowledge to even do a small OC on your machine. You can't push that proc to far on the stock cooler anyway. What chip set do you have?
  5. Jul 15, 2009 #4
    You will need to add a fan or fans to your case
    Google “computer fans” there are many fans out there.
    Many things to consider like do you want them high or low on your case, do you want them to blow inside or suck air out, the noise and of course the size.
    Usually they plug right in to your existing wiring harness.
  6. Jul 15, 2009 #5
    My motherboard is a Gateway G33M05G1.

    I believe the overclocking feature in my BIOS is permanently locked by the manufacturer. As with most Gateway computers.

    If I wanted to overclock, I would have to buy another motherboard. Could you recommend any LGA 775 motherboards which are an upgrade from mine, overclockable, and will fit a C2Q Q9400 in it?
  7. Jul 16, 2009 #6


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    Correct, nearly all (that I know of) OEM machines have locked BIOS to prevent overclocking in any way.

    As far as motherboards, Google. There are forums specifically dedicated to overclocking. Be weary though, many computer manufacturers use weird motherboard sizes such that typical off-the-shelf units don't fit.
  8. Jul 17, 2009 #7
    Don't overclock any computer you don't mind frying.
  9. Jul 21, 2009 #8
    Accessing the BIOS is usually a simply key that is displayed on the screen before windows boots... Usually it is the F2 or F10 key.

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