Overclocking FAQ?

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  1. Laurence5905

    Laurence5905 Member

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    Been looking into perhaps overclocking my Droid, but I can find no single source of information on the subject.

    Perhaps an Overclocking FAQ would be helpful here? Couldn't find one...

    My first question -- can you overclock without rooting your phone? I just don't want the hassles of a rooted phone, but I do want my Droid to run faster.

    Thanks,
     
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    Indeed - The Overclocking FAQ is hard to find. Because I knew what the thread was titled, I was able to search for it. Here's a link:
    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/rescue-squad-guides/47871-overclocking-101-a.html

    Answer: No. Root is required to overclock, because you need to replace your kernel.
     
  3. Skull One

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    LOL

    I added FAQ to the search keywords, in case this situation happens again.
     
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    Ironically, I don't think your thread actually answers the question of "do I need root?".

    ... but it does go into more depth on overclocking than I think most non-EE people will ever need :p
     
  5. Phoenixwind

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    Wrong: Root is required to overclock to add the overclock script, you do not have to replace the kernel, everything is done via a module.
     
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    That is correct, I try to let the Rescue Squad deal with the technical side of rooting and kernel replacing. If ever do find a good FAQ on both Rooting and Kernel replacing I will probably add links to my first posts.
     
  7. Se7enLC

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    Err, I think I had it right the first time. The stock kernel doesn't have additional frequency scaling steps, so there's nothing to overclock to. Also, no script is needed - but you need also root access to tweak the necessary entries in the /sys virtual filesystem.
     
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    Well now, if we are going to get technical, you don't need root at all.

    cvpcs' Sapphire ROM allows you to setup overclocking as part of the OS at boot.

    Replacing the kernel only requires the ability to install a properly formatted update.zip. Which for the Motorola Droids means you only need SPR or CWM recovery to be installed.

    But that is only if we are going to be technical about it :)
     
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    Oh Christ, now we're back at the "what does root mean?" debate. This comes up ALL THE TIME. Installing SPR or CW *IS* giving you root access. In the sense of allowing you to modify system files (or recovery/boot partitions) that you would not normally have access to. Just because there is no su binary or # prompt doesn't mean that administrator access wasn't required to get to that point.

    When somebody asks "is rooting required?" they want to know if they need to go through the process of rooting their phone. They don't want to know if there is a literal # prompt.

    The long and short of it is that you need SOME form of root access AND you need to change out your kernel in order to overclock. If you don't consider overriding the phones recovery bootloader in order to install software that wouldn't normally be allowed in places that only the root user has write permissions for root.....I can't help you understand it :p
     
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    :) <-- Notice that was at the end of my sentence and post. There was a reason for that. To help avoid the very post you ended up doing.
     
  11. BAoxymoron

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't using spr and cw be more like logging into the root user as opposed to actually giving your user(the one you use on your phone) su privileges... and also don't you need su privileges to choose your overclock speed?

    Hey skullone can you explain to me how sapphire scales cpu speed "on demand" if it sets at boot?

    also droid 1 with froyo needs only root(your user with root not the recovery) and setcpu(or likely any program of such) can overclock up to 800mhz source: SetCPU and Android 2.2 for DROID Allows for Simple Overclocking | Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog
     
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    LOL, I totally fell for the bait. Nice troll :)
     
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