A computer burns power depending upon how fast it
runs. If it runs fast, the device burns a lot of power.
If it runs slowly (or very, very slowly, as when the
device is "turned off"), it takes very little power.
All power is converted to heat.
Open your PC's case. You will probably see a large device
with fins and, perhaps, a fan on it. The device
underneath all that stuff is the CPU chip. Modern PC's
run the CPU very, very fast. Hence, the CPU burns a lot
of power. To avoid melting itself, the CPU must shed a
lot of heat. Cooling fins and fans do this.
Now, PDAs are run at speeds much slower than modern PC's.
And PDAs only run fast when there is something to
do. The rest of the time, they slow down ... way down.
That's why PDAs can be powered by a small
What happens when you "overclock" your PDA?
- When the device has something to do, it runs
faster than the speed set at the factory.
- The device must shed more heat than it has been
built to shed.
- If the device's chips are able to shed the heat,
then all is well - you have a faster device.
- If the device's chips are not able to shed the
heat, something melts. It may be obvious that
this has happened; or it may not.
If something has "melted", then the resulting
problems may be catastrophic and consistent.
That is, it may be clear that you fried your
device. ... Or the problems may depend upon any
environmental or use factors that you can
The bottom line is that your consistent,
predictable, "digital" device has become like an
old car radio: sometimes it works, sometimes it
- You are cheating the manufacturer if you send
your unit back for replacement. You broke it.
You bought it. Bad luck.
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Last modified July 4, 2002