Overclocking The N9

Terminal screen shots

Warning & Disclaimer



This article is for entertainment and interest only, if you hack, customise or alter the firmware or programming on your Mobile Device you may 'brick' it and you WILL invalidate your warranty. Anyone attempting to do so cannot blame either me or any of the sites linked to in this article, and you are advised to run your mobile phone on the software provided by your manufacturer through legitimate sources !!!

I am writing this piece to share my experience whilst trying and eventually succeeding in overclocking my Nokia N9 running Meego Harmatten, an open source operating system supported by hundreds of independent developers, doing sterling work to add to the user experience of the 'still born' Nokia N9.

Because I have very little IT ability and just basically mess arround with phones and computers the whole operation seemed a little daunting to me, I'd read a couple of articles and seen people Tweet about overclocking and thought it would be great id my N9 could run a little faster and maybe a little smoother, and a speedier processor could result in this as it would make things happen that much quicker. Now this piece is in no way a guide, in fact it's more of a meeting point for the things I needed and , hopefully a couple of tips to simplyfy things for anyone prepared to risk destroying a very expensive piece of mobile technology. Because of my lack of experience and skill, at one point in the early hours of Sun 6th May 2012 , I had 5 web sites, Twitter, Skype, Gtalk messaging my email account on my laptop and Terminal and file manager open on my N9 !! Multitasking isn't the word ? To be quite frank, without the tremendous amount of help offered and given by Arie at Everything N9 (@EverythingN9 on Twitter) I simply would not have managed it. So my intent here is to both run through what I did and put links to all the things required as a reference point, and for anyone using the N9 and Twitter I would reccommend following both @EverythingN9 and @MfaroTusino both very knowlegable and helpful.

My limited ability

I have used Terminal a couple of times on my phone for minor hacks and changes, but always find it a little daunting, the letters, symbols and spaces need to be copied exactly for things to work, and for someone with fat fingers and bad eyes, this is not always the easiest thing to do, however up to now, any error I've made has resulted in the phone simply not doing what I want and simply having to re type the command correctly, Arie was kind enough to talk me through quite a lot last night via Skype as well as messaging me some instructions, and I eventually managed to get the app required, installed and working.

The result is that my N9 now works noticably faster when scrolling, web pages load quicker when using the web and for me the whole thing was worthwhile, however if you are happy with everything on your phone and don't want a £500 paperweight, take this post as a story and not a guide, because that's all it is.

Starting the job and basics

To do the hack you need to first go to settings>applications>intallations>and turn on allow installations from non-store sources

You also need to go to settings>security>Developer mode and turn it on at which point if you haven't already done so, you get the option to install a number of apps, I'm not sure if you need them all, but personally I installed everything !Once you activate Developer mode you will get an icon on your apps screen at the bottom called Terminal, it is this you use to enter the text you need to perform changes on the phone. To do so you need to type devel-su and the default password rootme this opens the terminal and allows the changes to be entered.

The article that formed the basis of my actions was from Everything N9 blog here http://everythingn9.com/opptimize-for-nokia-n9/

but thanks to Arie I have a couple of newer deb. files that can be used which I will add links to, but the first thing you need to do before anything else is to install Inception- https://endno.de/~itsnotabigtruck/inception/

which allows you to overcome the built in security on the handset and so enable the hack.Follow the instructions carefully and until Inception is installed you can go no further and remember to type EXACTLY as shown eg devel-su -c /usr/sbin/pasiv NOT devel-su-c/usr/sbin/pasiv

screen shots

Opptimizer settings , errors come if you just try to install deb instead of using terminal !
Opptimizer settings , errors come if you just try to install deb instead of using terminal !
Testing settings
Testing settings
the settings I am now successfully using on my N9
the settings I am now successfully using on my N9
File manager shot
File manager shot
MyDocs
MyDocs
Files in user docs
Files in user docs
Developer mode
Developer mode

Links and Conclusion

There is a link for the Inception deb here

https://endno.de/~itsnotabigtruck/inception/download/inception_0.2_armel.deb

Now my problems started about here, as the order and method of installation is not completely obvious and one thing you will need is a file manager on your N9, the one I use is this, no longer available at the store unfortunately but I have a link and find it the simplest to use http://205.196.123.132/pavp6mnpaelg/ul1n4ob54yvxnvv/%28n9indonesia.wordpress.com%29File+Manager.zip

You see in my ignorant bumbling along with the N9 I basically grab armel.deb.files and simply install once downloaded, you can't do this here, you need to access them from your Docs, so check once downloaded that the deb files are in user>MyDocs in the manager, mine were and all I did was download onpc and bluetooth to my N9, downloading via the phone should work the same !!

In the instuctions on the Everything N9 simply replace

opptimizer_1.5.2_armel.deb with http://www.appcheck.net/storage/opptimizer_1.5.3_armel.deb

and for opptimizer-ui_1.0.0_armel.deb http://www.appcheck.net/storage/opptimizer-ui_1.2.5_armel.deb

these are the latest available at present afaik.

Once you have the deb files on your phone and have checked they are in MyDocs go back to terminal and type cd /home/user/MyDocs/ making sure you use Capital M and Capital D in MyDocs

all you need to do now is to install the OPPtimizer debs in the correct order and you're there so type /usr/sbin/incept opptimizer_1.5.3_armel.deb

and wait until everything is installed and you are presented with anothet #

then type

/usr/sbin/incept opptimizer-ui_1.2.5_armel.deb

once this is completed the hack should be working and you can adjust the voltage on your phone via the app along with the processor speed. I left my voltage at stock and increased the processor to 1195ghz any higher makes the red warning come in and the additional speed, for me is not worth the risk, others have tried higher but I have a limit to the risks I'll take with my baby !

I have now used the N9 for a full day without issue, it did get 'warm' NOT hot after streaming from BBC iPlayer for 20 minutes, but battery life seems unaffected and overall performance has been quicker and smoother, so for me, thanks to a massive amount of help and luck, the whole exercise was well worth while. The app can be uninstalled like any other and a long hold of ten seconds on the battery key will deactivate it.

That's really all I have to say, other than read all the info on the site links before doing anything and don't try to rush it, also if you have issues, seek expert help, I'm not an expert !!

Thanks for reading

Stephen Quin


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aspergerguy 4 years ago

In the light of recent developments whether you might want to suggest not exceeding 1100GHz at stock voltage I know not.


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

In light of the warning at the beginning of the article I would still suggest people don't attempt it at all, as all hacks present a risk ? Having said that people will do what they want and I have no control over that, but have lowered mine to 1120gHz now, how long I'll keep it there I don't know ?


PsychoMania 4 years ago

Good article Steve! Might attempt to OC mine if it's still working after I do the body swap on it. Once PR1.3 arrives i'm going to reset the N9 and have a fresh start with it.


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

well so far it's trouble free, and I think Arie's issue was he had experimented at various speeds & the app gives a red warning at 1200GHz so I've kept at just over 1100 , noticeably quicker and smoother throughout and only time it's even got warm was streaming video for over 20 minutes otherwise noticed nothing :-) thanks for reading and commenting


MoritzJT 4 years ago

Thanks for the recap, I'm running stable on the suggested values ;-) Will try to go down to 300 MHz to give it some more time :P


Suyog 4 years ago

Hey Stephen, even though I never was interested in overclocking(even on PCs) but I liked your post. As always very well written along with good commentary.

but you need to try now nitdroid on N9. Its much easier than this OC stuff. I did it over weekend and liking it so far.


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Nah, think my hacking has reached its limits mate, if I try Android again it will be on an Android handset, not enough skill for dual booting :)


marius 4 years ago

i cant download opptimizer-ui_1.0.1_armel.deb.cand i downloaded it from somewhere else?


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marius 4 years ago

thanks i will try to do the proces all over again


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

good luck ;)


marius 4 years ago

do i have to leave the app runing in the background for it to work?because every time i close it and open it again its showing me the standard 1000 frequency every time not the one i selected


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

closing shouldn't affect it, but if it does leave open or contact dev ?


marius 4 years ago

maybe its just me but i maxed the setings at 14000 mghz but i simply dont see improvements


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

then remove the app and don't risk bricking your phone ?


marius 4 years ago

anyway thanks for every

thing


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

no problem, enjoy your N9 it's a great phone out of the box and you should be proud and happy to own it :-)


John Norris (NokiaN9stuff) 4 years ago

Hi Stephen,

I just wanted to thank you for this great post. Not only is it really great and entertaining reading, you honestly gave me the courage to over clock. I genuinely would not have been able to do it without your user friendly guide.

Many thanks and keep up the great work on here!

John


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Thankyou for those kind words, hopefully the community will find a method to OC with PR1.3 soon and I may do a rewrite ;)


aspergerguy 4 years ago

Are you intending upgrading links for opptimizer_1.5.4_armel.deb and opptimizer-ui_1.2.6_armel.deb, although it may have changed to opptimizer-ui_1.2.7_armel.deb within a day or two?


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

I am planning to re overclock the N9 next couple of weeks and will update any links once I've done it, have updated a couple already since originally posting


Am 4 years ago

How to uninstall this app..i got problem to uninstall it?help me!


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

which app ?


3 years ago

im getting a issue when adding the line /usr/sbin/incept opptimizer_1.5.3_armel.deb

I get a error unable to find? My question is I followed everything to the T is it a issue with inception maybe not working and needs to be installed, or am I typing in the command wrong? I skipped this intially and installed the N9 tweaks and enabled smoother transitions that worked fine, I just would like to OC a little bit. ( I also am using the updated version of the Deb file and the UI.


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carman58 3 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

It may be that the links are out of date, check out EverythingN9, you may find more help there, sorry, away from home at moment on phone


3 years ago

ok thanks i will do so


dansus 3 years ago

Does this work om PR1.3 yet?


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carman58 3 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Yes, my N9 is still running at 1175

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