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The way to test the chip first to see if your
unlocking worked is to go into your motherboards BIOS to alter the
multiplier. Or in some cases, adjust jumpers if your
motherboard does not support jumperless tweaks.
Our TBird chip was tested on an IWIll KK266 board,
running with the KT133a chipset which has full support for the
What we did first was get into the BIOS and start
changing some settings:
On our board, we have what is called
the IWIll smart setting section. It lets us adjust
multipliers, bus speeds, voltages, etc. To start off, we just
bumped our multiplier to 8.5 at 100Fsb. Our 800Mhz chip runs
default at 8.0 multiplier X 100 front side bus. Upon booting,
we had success! Our chip was running at 850 at default
voltage, this told us our chip has been successfully unlocked.
Now onto bumping this up to the max.
After raising the multiplier, the best
this chip could do is 8.5. At 9.0, it resulted in some BIOS
booting problems, so we will stop at that. We then
started raising the front side bus to its maximum. After some
testing, the max combination of both multiplier and FSB came out to
1003 Mhz (8.5X117)! If you do the math, this actually comes
out to about 994Mhz, but the board somehow rounds up.
Please keep in mind raising the
multiplier and bus speeds require a combination of things. You
definitely need adequate cooling, a perfect hand to unlock the chip
and a motherboard that can support multiplier manipulation.
Make sure no extraneous material is on the chip when using the
From the above picture, the chip that I
have sucks rather bad. Does not overclock very well at all,
but these are the steps to unlocking that chip of yours. Fast,
simple and to the point.
That's it! Be carefully and good
luck, let us know about
your success stories!
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