Getting Started with your TouchPad – Overclocking

Who likes getting more for free? I know I do! In my earlier post I mentioned the awesome homebrew community that WebOS has. They are a dedicated and smart bunch of people.

And because of these people, we can overclock our TouchPads to 1.5 ghz and beyond!

Now be aware that overclocking your touchpad is potientially dangerous and could destroy it, it also violates the warranty.

Disclaimer over with, lets start tinkering!

If you haven’t got WebOS quick install up or Preware installed on your TouchPad follow these steps:

  1. Grab a copy of WebOS Quick install from here
  2. Enable dev mode on your touchpad by going to the ‘Just Type’ Search bar and typing in this: upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart
  3. Launch WebOS Quick Install and make sure you install the ‘novacom’ drivers (this lets quickinstall talk to your TouchPad)
  4. In the bottom right corner of WebOS Quick Install you will see an icon with two arrows going round in a circle, click it!
  5. In the window that pops up click the searchbox and search for preware once you have found it, click install

Preware is the centre of all things homebrew and doesn’t require you to connect your TouchPad to a machine like WebOS Quick Install does.

Now that Preware is installed, find it and launch it! Once its up and running, search for governah and install it. Governah is the app that allow you to overclock and/or adjust your cpu settings. The final step is to download a modified kernel, open up preware and search for uberkernel and click install.

Once the install has finished you maybe asked to restart your TouchPad, this is normal and required for the new kernel to take effect.

After your TouchPad has restarted, you need to launch Governah which will allow you to overclock the CPU! Governah supports profiles so you can adjust the speed of the CPU to suit for example you can have it so if the screen is off the CPU can be scaled back to less than 300mhz to save power, but if the screen is switched on it can ramp up to 1.5ghz.

I recommend playing around to find your optimal configuration, if you at any point want to go back to the stock kernel, simply remove the Uberkernel using preware.


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