Droid X, overclocking questions and concerns

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    Long time reader, first time poster, so hai.
    I recently decided to root/get a custom rom after a long time of thinking about it, and of course one of the first few apps I bought was SetCPU, I'm using it with Milestone Overclock, but anyway I'll get to the question, I know overclocking can take its toll on hardware in the long run, and I'm just wondering if it only reduces battery lfe, or does it actually damage the phone as well? Also, I recently decided to give 1.2GHz a go at stock voltage, it says its running at that frequency, I haven't crashed yet and the stress test ran for about 5 minutes and had no errors, however my temperature isn't skyrocketing either, it's idling around 35-36c, so I kind of feel like something isn't right with this, any way to check if I'm legitimately at this speed? And how long should I run a stress test before I call it stable? I know on PCs you'd have to run it overnight, sorry if any of these are dumb questions as well as for the somewhat large post, any advice is appreciated, thanks.
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    bump :(, if it's posted anywhere else could you at least direct me? Tried googling but none of that was as specific as I'm trying to be.
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    What will happen in the long run (if it does happen) is you will warp your cpu and it will just die on you. As long as you dont go to insane temperatures all the time, you should be fine. And as for you not seeing a rise in temperature, im overclocked at 1.2GHz low voltage and my phone will be normal temp and will rise to about 39C with HEAVY usage. What I do is set up some profiles in setcpu to set my phone to 400/400 on sleep, and 850/400 when temp > 38.5C. That way, when I'm not using my phone, I will save tons of battery, and when my phone is hot, it will underclock it and gives it some time to cool off. So far it works really good.
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    Thank you, i do have those profiles set I just imagined it'd get hotter than that, do i need to run the s stress test or just play around and see if it reboots?
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    I never do. I just OC it and just do my normal stuff and see if anything changed (FC's, lag, other strange anomalies) and if all is good, I keep it. But it would be a good idea to check everything to make sure no errors occur.
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    Alright, ill give it another go tonight, thanks again.
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    No problem. If you have any more questions, post here or pm me. I'll be glad to help if I can.
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    overclock, undrevolt

    Can anyone help me with these questions?
    1. How do you know if if an undervolt/overclock setting is stable or not? (How do I know it's a overvolting or undervolting problem?)
    2. Why is there 4 slots to configure Speed and Voltage? (I understand why there's a min/max but don't know what guidelines to follow when configuring slots 2 and 3)

    Thanks anybody.

    DX
    Darkslide 4.2
    droid X overclocker -JRummy
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    to answer question 2. There are four settings because your processor can run at four different speeds. The lowest being idle and the highest being performance
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    I use both Droid Overclock and SetCPU on my devices (not at the same time to be clear).

    One of the advantages of either is being able to set the voltage/clocks lower as well as higher. So you can preserve battery life or run faster as needed. That is partly why there are the profiles, ondemand setting, etc.

    Something to note is that the minimum clock setting can be as important for 'feeling' faster as the max. Example, setting the min to 800 from 400 and leaving the max at 1000 you would likely see less UI lag and speedier browser response.

    My point is you can use these programs to your advantage without even really running the phone at higher than stock. That said, before you would warp the board, or damage any SMT components you would likely have the phone locking up and failing so don't panic about that. Of course in theory running at higher clock speeds/volts will shorten the life of the electronics, but probably not significantly given the typical life of a phone (say 2-3 years).

    Remember not to set at boot until you find safe and stable settings.

    For what it's worth, right now on my DroidX I run stable using medium voltage settings, scaling clocks 1.3,1.0,900,400, ondemand governor (Slot1:400,40v/Slot2:900,48V/Slot3:1000,62V)

    Idle temp runs about 84F, highest I've seen was low 90's.

    Regards
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