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Experimental kernel brings a (literally?) blistering 1.2 Ghz overclock to the Pre

by Robert Werlinger Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:59 am EDT

One of the latest custom kernels to hit the testing feeds from the webOS Internals group (more specifically developer unixpsycho) is certainly mind bending: the SR71 BlackBird kernel is capable of clocking the OMAP3430 processor inside of every Pre and Pre Plus to an astonishing 1.2Ghz, allowing those devices to enjoy twice the clock speed of the silicon as spec'd by the manufacturer and a cool 200Mhz advantage over both the HTC Evo and the Droid X.  Other enhancements include memory tweaks to alleviate the "too many cards" issue, a Screenstate governor that scales the clock speed from 500MHz on up and more.

Overclocking is still very much an at-your-own-risk endeavor (Palm doesn't recommend it, of course), and those looking for a hassle free approach should stick with the stable kernels available in Preware as the BlackBird kernel in its current form is experimental and is guaranteed to fail at this point, necessitating a visit to the webOS Doctor.  But hey - it's fun to push the envelope and enjoy those advantages for at least a little while, right?

Source: PreCentral Forums; more coverage: webosroundupThanks to geeksquadkid for the tip!