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stingerhs
05-17-2005, 10:54 PM
hey guys, i thought i'd go ahead an post some free programs and a couple of tweaks that you can use that will give you some extra (and free) speed on your computer. keep in mind: i've tried and tested out all of this stuff to make sure this stuff is legitimate and that it actually does something for you.

First things first, you have to know what you already have on your machine. For this, I recommend the PC Wizard. It will give you all kinds of information on both your hardware and software setups. I highly reccommend this program as the information it gives you is absolutely vital if you want to do any serious tweaks.

PC Wizard 2005 (http://www.cpuid.org/pcwizard.php)

The next one lets you do two things for your machine: it tweaks the official video drivers and it lets you overclock your video card. If you haven't guessed it already, its the Omega Drivers. They may be third-party drivers, but they work better than either the Forceware or Catalyst Drivers. Also, the overclocking feature on these drivers is very simple to use.

Omega Drivers (www.omegadrivers.net)

Note, if you use the overclocking feature on the Omega Drivers, don't go overboard with the overclocking as it can sometimes be very easy to overheat your graphics board. I reccommend doing a slight increment of around 20-40 Mhz increase for both the core and memory to be on the safe side. You can probably take it even higher than that, depending on the card, but don't press your luck too much.

If you feel too squeamish about using third-party drivers but still want to overclock your card, then I can still point you in the right direction. Note: both methods that I'm going to suggest have built-in features that allow you to safely overclock your card without overheating it.

For ATI users: ATI Tool (http://www.techpowerup.com/atitool/)

For Nvidia users: you don't have to download anything. Overclocking is already built right into the Forceware drivers but with one noticeable drawback: you'll have activate that part of the drivers yourself through Windows Registry Editor.From PCWorld.com
NVidia has even built overclocking settings into its latest drivers. To enable them, open the Windows Registry editor by going to Start, Run, typing regedit, and pressing Enter. Navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/NVIDIA Corporation/Global/NVTweak/," right-click the right pane of the editor and choose to add a new DWord called coolbits. Edit that entry and give it a hex value of 3, then close your Registry editor. The NVidia tab (Figure 5) under your PC's advanced display properties settings will now feature a "Clock Frequency Settings" page that allows you to adjust memory and graphics chip clock speeds for your board. Click the "Detect Optimal Frequencies" button if you want the utility to try to find safe overclocked settings for your graphics board. citation: http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,119267,pg,2,00.asp

I'll probably add some more stuff a bit later (since I've tested out a lot more tools than just those). Until then, enjoy the extra speed. :D

Det. Bart Lasiter
07-14-2005, 09:52 AM
If you have an MSI (video) card, they're supposedly "guarenteed" to support certain DOT overclocking speeds, though I haven't tested this out.

Killwithhonor
08-26-2005, 12:17 PM
hmm, i can help with the overclocking, note radeon 9200 video cards, overclocking a game with an omega drive may mess with the graphics, in other words you get lines all over the page, then u have to reinstall that game, i haev a 9200 ive tested these things, and how do u work pc wizard? i know all the details of my comp already, so what do i click to get this thing to work?

stingerhs
08-26-2005, 03:55 PM
well, the reason you had that problem with your 9200 was your video card starting to run too hot. and its been my experience that overclocking doesn't damage a game's installation.

and about PC Wizard, install it and then just run it. it will automatically scan your system when it starts up and then give you all the details about it.

hope that helps. :)

Killwithhonor
08-26-2005, 04:08 PM
ya, i was testing my vid card overclocking and the guy before who told me to clock the core to 290 and the memory to 230, it was a little too hot, so i tuned it down alot somewhere bettween 199-240 for both, they in the range, but yes for battlfield vietnam even though i set the overclock settings back to default i would have it to reinstall it, but for any other game it was fine, and teh details helped alot, im getting a new vid card and had to know what i was running for agp or pci, good thing its agp pci sucks, or thats what i heard, and btw anyone know of good coolers for your system for a price under about 120$? and thnx

lukeiamyourdad
08-26-2005, 09:44 PM
Your PC Wizard link doesn't work stingerhs.

But thanks for the info! I'll try it out as soon as I can!

Killwithhonor
08-26-2005, 11:04 PM
google it lol

lukeiamyourdad
08-26-2005, 11:25 PM
It's not exactly for me, it's for everyone who's going to use the thread >_>

stingerhs
08-26-2005, 11:32 PM
the link's been fixed.

gmancagney
11-25-2007, 06:56 PM
So, two years after the original post, are the Omega Drivers for nVidia still good for GeForce FX cards? The nVidia drivers on that site haven't been upgraded in two years.

HaveFallen
05-16-2008, 08:10 AM
Ok, so are the Omega Drivers still ok to use? I am using an Nvidia Geforce 6200 256 MB with Forceware 163.75 if that matters.

I apologize I am just really confused with all that.

Thanks in advance.

ARC Cody
07-06-2009, 12:02 PM
I'm really sorry for resurrecting this thread but I just can't get this to work.
I did everything in regedit

http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/3442/58626964.jpg

This is what appears when I open advanced display settings. Nothings appearing
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/9013/20493758.jpg
When I click on Start NVidia Control Panel I get this
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/9017/99049719.jpg
What can I do? Please help

Somebody?