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  1. The Atomiswave board is roughly similar to a naomi board, i think there's a chance of seeing this emulated in chankast. I mean the game will get dumped, protection never seems to stop them.
  2. Yes, the clock speed, this is the fishiest part of the whole thing imo.. I will explain in a moment. I have answered your other questions on the official Chankast Forum. Please read if you havent already. On your motherboard you have a 14 mhz crystal, just like the one in an everyday wristwatch. It gives your computer some sense of time. The signal from this crystal is fed through a series of chipsets (PLL-ICs) that modify and distribute this time signal to all the components in your pc. This picture is a simple illustration on how it works. The ones on the left with the gray lines are "static" they should not be changed, and the ones with the red lines are "dynamic" as in they can relatively safely be modified while the pc is running. This is what Nvidia tools and Clockgen do, and they give you a great amount of control and safety in doing it. By modifying the "clock generator IC" that the crystal's signal is fed into, with a software hack, or manually on the board, one can change the speed of all the components in the pc, effectively overclocking or underclocking. I have done this first hand. Back in the days of the linux 2.4.x kernel, I had a pc that mysteriously had a fast running clock and a keyboard that would start repeating instantly. It turned out to be a bug in the kernel, and to fix it without recompiling, one could simply set the proper frequency for the PLL IC on startup. This is what I did. There are only 2 ways to make the system clock run at a different speed. The first one is to add or subtract a certain amount of time to the current clock value, and set the current time to the result at a regular interval, which is pretty lame and pointless, so i will assume you have not done this. The other way is by hacking the clock generator, which i assume you have done, because of the other reported effects of speed pig (ie. keyboard repeating, increased performance, increase in temperature). Please note in the diagram in the second link that the speed for the clock and other components on the left is static which means that NONE of them should EVER be modified, as they are prone to causing undesired effects. This is why the clock thing bothers me. Your replies have cleared any doubt in my mind that this program modifies system clock speeds. So... we have the FSB, the realtime clock, and the Super IO, what other speeds have you modified? Maybe all of them, who knows, so it can be extra fast. Please change from the defensive stance and give an adequate explanation of how this program works, so that users can be aware of any possible risks.
  3. Through a little intuition, and a little testing, i've found the way this program "speed pig" works is by increasing the FSB (Front Side Bus) of your motherboard in real time. What you are doing is overclocking your pc. In Kaiser's case you are overclocking it more. The first program to do this was called SoftFSB, by H. Oda. This article is good for finding out more about both of these things: Ars Technica Overclocking your pc has a fair share of dangers, but overclocking in real time without the proper software has many more dangers. The FSB governs the speed at which all components operate in a PC, by increasing it, you increase the speed of your computer as a whole, thus there is a risk of overheating for any component, and subsequent possible permanent damage. There are different standard FSB frequencies for different motherboards. If you use a frequency that is non-standard (higher or lower), there is a possibility that specific components (esp. hard drives) can go out of "sync" and suffer permanent damage because of it. If you increase or decrease this value too quickly or many times in a short amount of time, there is a very real possibility of damaging your CPU. By using a program like this off and on, you can expose your processor to large temperature swings which can damage the cores on newer processors. This program will only work on motherboards that support changes made to the FSB speed in the BIOS, and will not work on motherboards where it is adjusted with jumpers. If you are increasing your FSB enough to noticeably change the speed your PC's clock, you have made a very large change. The amount of memory used by Chankast is larger because your system bus is able to move it into ram faster. For a program like this to be effective and not dangerous, it must have specific information on the PLL circuits of your motherboard, otherwise it can not judge which FSB speeds are safe for your pc. Its not realistic to assume that this program contains such information on all motherboards. Software designed to do this is almost always supplied by a motherboard manufacturer. I would avoid using this program altogether, as it does not really classify as a speed hack for Chankast, a safer alternative is real overclocking. If you must use it, be careful: Monitor your processor and chipset temperatures closely with a program like motherboard monitor 5 or sisoft sandra. Adjust the slider very slowly and carefully. Not enough is known about the exact nature of this program, and until more info is known, I would say that this program can be assumed (at its worst) to be potentially harmful to your PCs. More answers about this program from it's creators would be great. I just thought you guys should know what i know. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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