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DROID X Overclocking Can’t Be Done? Oh it has Been!

We may still have one giant locked bootloader, but that doesn’t mean developers have given up (well, one did) on finding a work around for every other aspect to hacking the heck out of and ROMing our Droid X devices.  The DX has already been rooted (here and here), slapped with Koush’s DX Bootstrap to get us into a custom recovery, and loaded with a barrage of ROMs, but there was still one piece missing that so many of you had been looking for.  Overclocking?  Done.

Android guru FreeWELL has taken the Milestone overclocking approach found on 2.1 and moved it over to the DX allowing rooted users to overclock up to 1.1GHz (stable) and set slots for underclocking if they choose.  Impressed? You should be.

Let us know if you attempt this and any tips you can provide!

Full support thread with instructions found at Android Forums.

Cheers matrix and Picolas!

  • http://www.lead411.com/Charlene_Eames_3102515.html Charlene Eames

    This article is really nice well The Droid X community is really…really trying to act like they're making strides aren't they? thanks

  • Windhoarse00

    Luuuuvvvit!!! This one of the main mods I've been waiting for! Thanks to all dev's and the android community at large!

  • http://twitter.com/Japultra Jason Nguyen

    Is there an easy tutorial on how to do this? I followed the instructions but my phone is not overclocked. I obviously did it wrong, but I can't figure out which part as instructions to do this are all over the place.

  • iclickjohn

    WadeIvy is getting 1.4 stable and feels 1.6 is very doable at this point. He's working on it as we speak. Cyanogen kind of gave up on the X so I hope the other devs, find some X love and get us into flawless territory.
    Thanks Wadeivy for NOT giving up.

  • Warren Peace

    Am I missing a step? I went through the process & then ran it but nothing happened………

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    Heh.. I was the first one to get this working for people *months* ago on 2.1 but it was never reported on even with multiple emails to K. (shrug)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      <– Elkay.

  • pcguru30

    is there really an increase im performance? In my experience with the X so far (just got it a couple days ago) everything seems to run very quickly, the only lag I have gotten in anything is flash and thats only occasionally. Since Flash is now utilizing GPU instead of CPU would overclocking to 1.2 or 1.3 really make flash run any better?

  • yhbae

    Looks like someone managed to get his Droid X stable at 1.4GHz. It is sitting at #8 on the list:

    http://smartphonebenchmarks.com/

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    will this work on the D2?

  • Dmota25

    DX for DI

  • Dmota25

    DX for D1

  • Dmota25

    please need help to install
    no experience

  • hahayeahright

    Update the article to go with the forum post, we're running at almost 1.4Ghz, 19 MFLOPS, and 1800 Quadrant. Thanks to the new kernel from 2.2, these phone are finally reaching their potential.

    • Dmota25

      But i can't. Do on my DX is so confused for me need help!!! Please no video?

      • Dmota25

        help

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Motorola, take this as a message. You can't stop us. You might as well quit locking down your phones. {{-_-}}

  • JrzDroid

    This article is a little inaccurate.
    Myself along with a few others are pushing 1.4 ghz, just trying to find the right voltages
    Right now I'm at a stable 1.3, so please dL, update this
    If you need the proof, look at the DX threads on AF

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wayne-Lowe/1797890949 Wayne Lowe

      I am also stable at 1.3 Ghz. I had to increase the voltage a bit to get stable, but so far so good.

  • Wtf

    LOL…100mb overclock? The Droid X community is really…really trying to act like they're making strides aren't they?

    • Wtf

      I meant 100mHz before the Droid x'ers start going crazy btw

      • kellex

        The point isn't just the overclocking, its the slots that you can also run your phone at.

        • Dmota25

          But is sow focused for me I'm New Need Help.. No Video?

      • hahayeahright

        Also, its 400Mhz. I'd say a 40% increase is rather substantial. But keep on hatin' :)

  • JTE

    getting closer to the edge of the cliff that is rooting… somebody push me over :)

    • EC8CH

      JUMP B!TCH

  • strikeir13

    Does this mean undervolting is also possible now? Cuz that would really be a more noticeable difference than OCing… But both are nice!

    • Dmota25

      how u do/

  • Soapinmouth

    Beesly got it to 1.3 ghz

    • JrzDroid

      i've also got my X overclocked to a stable 1.3
      follow the thread over at android-forums

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    Droid 2 overclock possible???

  • Stephen D

    Nice job devs! Enjoy the performance boost everyone!

  • Rain_king46

    What are the downsides to overclocking?

    • jonfhancock

      Overheating and shortened processor life. In general though, if you're going to be getting a new phone in two years, the shortened life is irrelevant.

    • Wtf

      The only downside to overclocking 100MHz extra is the laughs you'll get when you tell people about it

      • Guest

        You’re a tool… I’m running 1.38Ghz and will have no qualms telling people about it. Almost 40% increase in speed is definitely worth while

  • The350zWolf

    This is really worth celebrating! :^)

  • Stormljones3

    I am not impressed, call me when it can get up to 1.5 ghz stable.

    • Timoh

      Nobody wants to call you, you aren't important.

      • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

        +1

        • tjhrulz

          +2 this needs to start adding like the Jobs post

    • Kblack07

      Howz about you learn how to do this stuff yourself and impress someone else instead of sitting around expecting someone else to impress you :) If you don’t understand how epic these breakthroughs are, then you don’t understand the first thing about what all these devs do behind the scenes to make these hacks possible. I’m sitting stable at 1.42 GHZ right now. Working my way up and finding proper voltages along the way.

  • DroidFan

    Well I would love tot try this but I have been stuck at the deodex part of the rooting process. I have rooted it, bought and installed Koush's bootstrap. But I cant find any good tutorials on how to deodex my DX. I did download xUltimate v.2.2 But in the middle of the page it says in bold letters “DO NOTHING…HIT 7″ I would love it if someone here at DL would be nice enough to put a video tutorial up so that I can see exactly what I need to do.

    • Kblack07

      Deodexing isn’t a part of the rooting process, it’s just something that you can do once rooted. It’s not necessary unless you plan on theming. And if that’s the case, don’t manually deodex your phone yourself, install a deodexed rom.

      That being said, you don’t need to be deodexed in order to use this overclock method. That also being said, I wouldn’t suggest doing this unless you are an experienced/knowledgeable tech-type and Android user. This is one of those things that can really harm your phone if you don’t know what you’re doing. But if you do, my apologies and go for it :)

    • Kblack07

      Just in case you still want this, a great tutorial on how to manually deodex your Droid X:

      http://alldroid.org/default.aspx?g=posts&t=802

  • Micklu109

    Does anyone know if the hardware is similar enough to try this on the D2?

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      Give it a shot…..let us know ;)
      But don't say I told you to lol

  • Rain_king46

    In my opinion Kousch, Beesley and Birdman do more more for the Droid X every day than Moto does in a month. I would love to give those 3 guys the keys to unlock the bootloader and tell them to fix the known issues with the DX and see who has a fix first, them or Moto. I would put every dime I have on these three.

    • GoNoles

      um, yeah, about Birdman………..you might want to check your references

    • GoNoles

      um, yeah, about Birdman………..you might want to check your references

    • Anonymous

      ummmm…… right, birdman is a bum……. point blank period

      • TheRealBeesley

        Thats kinda harsh man… Birdman is the reason we have root to begin with. What have you done to contribute? Probably nothing. What do you guys get out of being haters? I just dont understand it. Grow up.

        • Anonymous

          wwwaahhhhh…….. keep crying you little c*unt

          • TheRealBeesley

            Wow.. Stay classy bro. You sound like a real winner…

  • Guest

    Who Gave Up?

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      birdman traded his X for a Fascinate.

      • Stephen D

        I didn't know that, but it's good for me since I have a Fascinate. He's working on Froyo for us :D

      • Windhoarse00

        I know he’s not the only dev out there but goddammit hes saved my ass more than once and Im gratfull. Maybe he dosnt know much we need him.especially new jacks like me. Das right! He deserves mad props.when someone deserves props give it! (this is not directed at anyone just counter measures for jealousy)

    • Windhoarse00

      I think it was one of our greatest hero’s “birdman”. Don’t know if he actually quit but he did say he was done with the Driod x. I pleaded with him not to. Hope he got my message. He’s a techno hero and big big time help to save all of us droider’s from techno oppression. Long live Birdman!!!

  • John

    Every 100MHz helps..

  • Tabe

    Is this a different OC than had previously been done on the DX? We could OC on 2.1… Is this method for 2.2?

    • Kit

      Right?
      I remember hearing about overclocking…what…late july/early august?

      • Tabe

        Yeah we were able to OC to like 1.22GHz shortly after release… What's different about this?

        • kellex

          Its the 2.2 method.

          • Tabe

            Gotcha. Couldn't remember if the 2.1 method carried over or not.

  • jonfhancock

    hmm… I might actually be interested in buying a DX now…

    • Bill

      ya cause you're really going to notice that small little bump
      /eyeroll

      • Anonymous

        It’s not the 100MHz that I’m interested in. It is the general ability to OC. I’m sure eventually they will be able to squeeze more out of the processor.

        Besides, who doesn’t want a volume knob that goes to 11 (or 1.1 in this case).

        • The350zWolf

          Remember too that this also translates one-to-one to the Droid2 –and perhaps the Droid2 Global–

          • Anonymous

            Yeah. That’s good news, but my next phone will definitely not have a hardware keyboard. I never slide my D1 out at all.

          • Anonymous

            Same here. That’s why I’m sad physical keyboards seem to be becoming standard on Verizon’s Droids. I guess there’s still the X, but that will be old news before I’m upgrade eligible.

      • Stephen D

        That 1000mhz makes a small but noticeable difference.

      • Guest

        Running stable at 1.38Ghz… So roll your eyes somewhere else.

  • Tracy Wilborn

    Sweet!

    Oh and, first…

    • wahahhhahhaa

      and first!