Overclocking the G3258 on a Gigabyte H81M-HD3 (F6) with Stock Cooler – A Quick Review


Introduction

The Intel G2358 has wow-ed the world with cheap and solid 2 Core no-frills prestanda for gaming and day to day office work. However the fact that it overclocks really well has peaked the interest for this little cpu even further. Actually it’s not that great UNLESS you overclock it from the stock 3.2 GHz.

The problem with overclocking the G3258 is that it previously required  motherboards with Z87 or H87 chipsets, (or better) the not so cheap ones that is.

In this review we are looking at combining the cheaper G3258 with a Gigabyte H81M-HD3 micro ATX motherboard, and trying to overclock the CPU.

Let’s see how it goes shall we?

Prerequisites – BIOS Update

To start off, we need to upgrade the H81M-HD3 with the latest greatest bios we can find. Namely (at the time of writing) the F6.

F6 added support for intel K-processors, which is, as far as I can understand it, what I have bought. Now I won’t go in to how flashing is done in minuscule detail, but basically you download the updated BIOS file from gigabyte’s homepage, put it on a usb stick and load it into the BIOS and restart.

The incredibly annoying UEFI BIOS

First startup – No Luck

The first startup with BIOS F6 gave me the UEFI bios interface, that seriously confuses me, however I managed to find what I was looking for, the overclocking settings. What I immediately knew was that I needed to up the CPU voltage to 1.2V and above to overclock this chip, and 1.2V was maximum what the H81M let me achieve. That’s a roof, and a problem.

I started with Vcore 1.2v and left all other voltage settings on AUTO. I upped the clock ratio to 40, (which would give me 4.0GHz) and rebooted. – Nothing happened, it did not start, but after a while it booted to fail safe settings.

Okay, so that was no good.

After this I tinkered a bit with lower clock speeds and managed to get some overclocking going, but not near 4GHz or above.

Crap, maybe I should have bought a more expensive motherboard…

Then I had a brilliant idea

The BIOS had some other voltage settings besides VCore, namely something called VRIN and CPU Ring Voltage.

I figured it was worth a try and I let the…

– VRIN settings stay at AUTO, and I maxed the…
– CPU Ring Voltage to 1.149V
– Vcore still maxed at 1.2
– Clock ratio 40

Low and behold! The thing started, booted up to windows and was running at 4.0GHz! At least that´s something (800MHz overclock).

I ran the Intel burn test and it made it trough 10 times with no BSOD. Goodie!

So I wanted to go higher

Of course I wanted to go higher! I figured I’d max out all the voltages I could change that had to do with the CPU.
– VRIN at 1.9
– CPU Ring Voltage to 1.149, and
– VCore 1.2
– Clock Ratio 42

With the clock ratio to 42, it worked! It booted to windows and the 4.2GHz (1GHz overclock) was achieved! Not bad since it is a 30% overclocking of the CPU.

The Intel Burn Test was also successful and the machine was for all intents and purposes stable.

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So I wanted to go even higher

More then, perhaps? Well I had to find out!

I set the Clock ratio to 44 and it booted at 4.4GHz, but during the Intel Burn Test, it BSOD:ed with error 124, same thing with clock ratio 4.3

It seems with the stock cooler and this chipset, 4.2GHz is the practical limit.

I’m going to upgrade my cooler a bit to a Zalman CNPS5X and see if that helps, so stay tuned for updates to this post. I will also try to lower VRIN and CPU Ring Voltage to see how much further I can go with those settings while still keeping the CPU happy.

Conclusion (On stock cooler)

The G3258 can be overclocked about 1GHz on the Gigabyte H81M, but for higher speeds at least a better than stock cooler is needed, and considering the motherboard was maxed out as far as cpu voltage settings goes when the cpu reached 4.2GHz, this seems to be the limit for this motherboard/cpu combo. Since some CPU’s clock easier than others, your mileage may vary. If you have tried to overclock the G3258 on H81 motherboards, by all means post a comment on your settings and success/fail in the comment section below!

Have a good one! (and stay tuned for updates and pictures and all that)

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XBMC for Android – Accelerated HD playback on Frodo [Solved]


Xbox Media Center, or XBMC is a wonderful add-on for any type of Android TV-stick, TV-box or Android Pad.

The problem is that with the standard version of XBMC Frodo for android, some units get no acceleration for video which means that HD-playback is choppy. Gotham, the next version of XBMC solves this with acceleration which works well, unfortunately Gotham is not compatible with some XBMC plugins using a commoncache script that is yet not updated to play nice with the Python version used in Gotham. So if you get a commoncache error in Gotham with popular plugins like Icefilms, this is why. And we have the solution.

There have been some solutions with modded versions of XBMC Frodo that use an external media player for playing back the videos from within XBMC. That’s a complicated and not so user friendly solution.

Well the solution is here, it’s called SPMC or Semper Media Center, by Staftstrom from the MINX forums.

It features:

  • h/w decoding support
  • libmedia support for multichannel DD/DTS passthrough. [This is tricky and depends on what unit you have](read more here)
  • mouse scroll support (also supports scrolling with e.g. the touchpad on Logitech K400r)

Download SPMC media center here! (v.1.5.1)

It works great with any “china”-boxes like the the mk809 or mk819. I have an mk819 and with the normal Frodo version of XBMC it was impossible to playback HD content. It still struggles somewhat on some 1080p content (seems to be dependent on what codec is used), but 720p is fluid.

Thanx Molle at Freaktab for this solution! Credit where credit is due! 🙂

Cannot start Windows firewall, error code 5 – Solution, FIX


Cannot start Windows firewall service error windows could not start windows firewall on local computer error code 5.

Solution

  1. In Registry Editor, browse to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess
  2. Right click SharedAccess, and click Permissions.
  3. Click Add.
  4. In the “Enter the object names to select” field, type “NT SERVICE\mpssvc”. Then click Check Names. The name should change to MpsSvc
  5. Click OK.
  6. Select Full Control in the Allow column.
  7. Click OK.

Applies To

Windows 7 (all versions) / Windows Vista (all versions)

Delete stubborn impossible registry key! Solution / Fix


Trying to delete a stubborn registry entry, i finally found this solution:

It´s really powerful so must be used with a great amount of caution. It deleted the stubborn key instantly.

Under Administrator execution of the Command prompt, enter: psexec -s -i regedit

This will run regedit from the System account.

psexec can be found at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897553.aspx

psexec’s normal use is to remotely interface other systems but it just happens to be able to run things like regedit from the System account.

Disclaimer: If you don’t know how to do this, should you really be poking around in the registry with full access rights? If you think so, look at this post for step by step instructions:

Win7 – Philips Toucam Windows 7 Driver fix – Problem solved! – Post updated for 64 bit Windows7


I had problems using my old Philips TouCam Pro with Win7 since Philips does not offer any drivers for it. I read somewhere that you could hack some drivers but that sounded so complicated.

Here is a driver that works with the TouCam in Win7 (at least 32-bit) right out of the box. Just do like this:

Win7 32-bit procedure, see further down for the Win7 64-bit instructions

1. Download the driver package (click the drive icon under Téléchargement, which is french for download)

2. Unzip the files to a folder of your choice

3. Plug in your toucam, cancel the automatic driver installation window that pops up.

4. Open the Windows 7 Control panel, in the search field there, type ” device ” to find the device manager, open it.

5. Find your unrecognized device in the list, right-click on it and choose “update driver software”, “browse my computer for software” and browse to your folder where you unzipped the files. Click next, ignore the warning and the driver installs.

VOILA!

Win7 x64 procedure: (Credits go to kapyxx! thanx man/woman! 😉 )

1 – Download the Windows 7 drivers for your Philips Webcam SPC900NC VGA CCD with Pixel Plus and install them.

http://download.p4c.philips.com/files/s/spc900nc_00/spc900nc_00_dw7_eng.exe

2 – In C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Philips \ Philips SPC900NC PC Camera edit files with Notepad:

To view the line number, select the notepad menu – View – Status Bar, Word Wrap to be disabled if necessary.

In Camvid40.inf:
Line 66 should be replaced with:
% USBVid.DeviceDesc% = USBVidx86, USB \ VID_0471 & PID_0311 & MI_00 [/ code]

Line 69 should be replaced with:
% USBVid.DeviceDesc% = USBVidXp64, USB \ VID_0471 & PID_0311 & MI_00 [/ code]

Line 72 should be replaced with:
% USBVid.DeviceDesc% = USBVidVista64, USB \ VID_0471 & PID _0311 & MI_00 [/ code]

Edit the file with Notepad SPC900.txt

replace line # 2 with:
USB \ VID_0471 & PID_0311 & MI_00 [/ code]

Save and close. (If You Can not save copy the files to another location, edit them and then copy Them back and select “Copy and Replace”

In device manager there should be an unknown device with exclamation mark.
Update driver and select the path: C: \ Program Files (x86) \ Philips \ Philips SPC900NC PC Camera driver will be installed ..

Best Antivirus – Detection rates


A simple list of detection rates, from research by av-comparatives.org February 2009

Out of a total of 1.274.928 viruses, trojans, worms and malware the following list tells us the detection rates of the different AntiVirus programs:

1. G Data 99.8%

2. Avira 99.7%

3. McAfee2 99.1

4. Symantec 98.7%

5. Avast 98.2

6.  Bitdefender, eScan 98.0%

7. ESET Nod32 97.6%

8. Kaspersky, TrustPort 97.1%

9. F-Secure 93.4%

10. AVG 93&

11. Sophos 89.6%

12. Command 88.9%

13. Norman 87.8%

14. Microsoft 87.1%

15. Kingsoft 84.9%

I just found this interesting. More on av-comparatives.org

San Jose Earthquake 4.3 – Surviving Earthquakes


USGS reports 4.3 magnitude and depth of 4.8 miles or 7.7km. No tsunami warning associated with this event.

Our world is not asleep, it’s not a rock. It’s a living breathing monster. San Jose Was struck at the time of writing about two hours ago by a 4.3 Richter scale magnitude earthquake.

What can we do to keep safe?

Prepare and keep a survival kit at home, in your car or at work. Contamination of water can be problematic, and loss of power hits the modern civilisation pretty hard. A survival kit is also never wrong for other emergencies, hurricanes, Tornadoes. Not that I’m trying to paint a terrifying picture here, You’ll probably be allright.

However, It’s not a bad idea to stock up on survival gear. In fact it’s first on CERI’s* list of what to do in an Earthquake.

(*Center For Earthquake Research and Information)

PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY NOW

  • Have an earthquake survival kit on hand.
  • All family members should know how to turn off gas, water, and electricity.
  • Plan family emergency procedures, and make plans for reuniting your family.
  • Know emergency telephone numbers (doctor, hospital, police, 911, etc)
  • Anchor heavy objects to walls (bookcases, wall units, mirrors, cabinets, etc.)
  • Never place heavy objects over beds, and keep heavy objects lower than head height of shortest member of family.

Get a survival kit from CampingSurvival.com, or a similar store.  Better safe than sorry…

(You don’t see that many webpages with a design centered around dirt and rocks. It’s really quite refreshing. And i like the shovel 🙂 )