While many are happy with their new HP iPAQ h1910, there is always room for improvement. This model ships with a 200 MHz XScale processor. However, some programmers have found a way to increase this.
Revolutionary Software Front has released Clear Speed 1.0, which bumps the processor on the h1910 to 300 MHz. According to Hayes Haugen, the developer, this app noticeably improves the performance of multimedia applications, making games run faster and movies play more smoothly. Plus, all aspects of the device respond more quickly. Not surprisingly, this will reduce the h1910’s battery life but Mr. Haugen says “you’ll probably never notice it.”
It allows the processor speed to be changed on the fly, without requiring a reset. The developer is also considering adding the ability to underclock the processor to save on battery life.
Clear Speed 1.0 is available now for $9.99.
Plus, Clear Speed isn’t the only option. Recently, Immiersoft has released XCPUScalar, which also increases the processor speed to 300 MHz. It also allows the user to choose between 100, 200, and 300 MHz on the fly. It is shareware.
To add to the growing collection, kriser has posted onto the Brighthand forums an announcement of SpeedStepper, a free utility that can change the processor speed on the h1910 to 100 MHz, 200 MHz, or 300 MHz. The developer says source code for SpeedStepper will be available soon.
In addition, Anton Tomov has released Pocket Hack Master, which can increase the speed of an XScale processor to 600 MHz or reduce it to 60 MHz. It’s available for $10.
It is possible to damage the handheld by using any application that changes the processor’s speed. Caveat emptor. However, according to Immier from Immiersoft, his app shouldn’t harm the handheld. The Xscale PXA250 processor was designed to be scaled in 100 MHz increments. He theorizes that, in the case of the h1910, HP wanted a big gap between the mid-range h1910 and their high-end h5450, which runs at 400 MHz, so it set the h1910’s processor at 200 MHz.