How to Overclock an Eee PC in Linux


Overclocking is a technique that allows you to get extra performance out of your netbook, by increasing the CPU voltage. While Eee PCs come prepackaged with software that allows you to do this in Windows, Linux users get no such favors. Fortunately, the world of open-source software is like capitalism---when there's a demand for software, someone's sure to supply it. So too here: by downloading and installing the free Linux program eee-control you can get the overclocking functionality not provided out-of-the-box.

  • Download and install eee-control. If you use Ubuntu, you can easily install the package through your package manager. With most other distributions you'll have to build it by hand, but this is easier than it sounds. Get the newest tarball from the download page (see Resources) and save it to your home directory. Open a shell terminal and run the following command:

    tar -xzf eee-control-0.9.4.tar.gz

    Replace the filename with the version you're using.

  • Finish installing the program, if you're doing it by hand (Ubuntu users can skip this step). Enter the following list of commands at the shell prompt:

    cd locale && sh && cd ..

    python install --prefix=/usr

    cp data/eee-control /etc/init.d/

    This runs the installation scripts and puts all the files in the correct locations.

  • Run eee-control by entering the following two commands in the shell:

    /etc/init.d/eee-control start


    This will start both the background process and the program's graphical interface. If you use the GNOME desktop environment, go to "Settings" > "Session" in the desktop menu and add these commands to the session startup to run them automatically every time you start your computer.

  • Click on the "Eee" icon in your tray, generally found in lower-right corner of your screen. In the menu that appears, click "Performance." This shows you a list of processor speeds, ranging from power-save to super. Choosing any setting above normal will overclock your processor in real time, allowing you to get better performance out of your Eee PC. Select "high" or "super" to do so.

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