Since I have posted this guide some months ago,
I have received over 100,000 hits on this portion of my site!
Many people run into things that are not covered in the guide.
I hope to address these Issues Here! Please be sure to read
this section before sending me an email.
- What is the risk factor in overclocking my PPC?
- When you overclock, you will be voiding the PPC's warranty.
Casio will know if you have taken the unit apart! Other
risks involve damage to the processor because it will
now be running at a higher speed, and therefore, a higher
temperature! This will reduce the life of the processor.
You pose some other risks as well, such as data loss,
or a static burst on the circuit board. These risks, in
my experience, are minimal with the overclock proposed
here. I imagine that the life of the E-115 will only be
reduced by a little (I can't give an exact time in months
or anything though :) ). If you are careful about how
you take the device apart, you will not damage any of
the circuitry either! The units are actually fairly robust,
and handled with care, I don't see much of a problem.
As for the overclock, remember, it is reversible! You
can just reopen your unit and erase away the led you placed
over the poles! So if you are having big time trouble
with some imcompatibility, or something won't work, you
can UNDO your work!
- What performance increases will I see? Is it really worth
it? Will it perform better than the E-125 or EM-500 PocketPCs?
- The most noticeable areas where you will increases in
performance are in gaming and multimedia. I saw an average
improvement of 5-10 FPS in PocketTV. Where some movies
were jittery in viewing, they were now smooth! I also
saw an improvement in the ability of the Windows Media
to play MP3s. I could actually switch to another program
without the usually loss in audio quality that I had come
to expect! Doom was a game that I could never really play
before, but now it works great! Some people have reported
that they could play Doom just fine before the overclock,
but I don't think that is the general case. Gaming overall
will be faster, and load times will reduce dramatically!
- As for the unit performing on par with the E-125 and
the EM-500: I now personally use an E-125. Casio did more
to improve performance than by just using a faster processor.
The E-125 runs much faster than an overclocked E-115.
This I have seen by using both units side by side. Sorry
to dissapoint those who were hoping for a faster PPC than
those E-125 owners!
- IS IT WORTH IT? Considering you can find the E-115 for
300 dollars now, and you can extend its performance with
this simple procedure, my answer is YES! If you don't
use much multimedia or games, then don't really worry
with the overclock.
- What about battery life? Will the battery juice be "eaten-up"
by the faster more power hungry processor?
- A quick answer is NO! Lee Xiaoming has looked into this
Coffing's PocketPCPassion site. The lowdown is that
the increased speed will only reduce batter life by 10-20
- Does the overclock operation work on the E-100 or E-105
- Once again, the short answer is yes. I have not done
it myself (I did own both models at one point, but never
tried this), but I have heard that the inside is the same,
and that everything in my instructions works with the
E-100. So give it a shot! I know that VOBenchmark does
not work with the older version of Windows CE, so you
will need to search for another one to test your device!
It will be hard to tell if it is overclocked without the
- Will the graphite "stick" to the board, or
will it loosen and fall off over time?
- I have yet to see this happen. If you cover your work
with the tape that is inside the device, this will not
happen. If you want to be doubly sure, your can add a
small piece of electrical tape inside over the area you
added graphite. This is not really necessary though.
- For those international users: What is a number 2 pencil?
- I really don't know what the equivalent of the number
2 pencil in other countries is. If you have successfully
done this, please let
me know what type of pencil you have used!