Palm III, IIIx, V Overclocking Report - Part 1

By Wilfred

Hardware One

Here you have it, my overclocking report using the latest Afterburner 2.0 for the 3Com's Palm III, IIIx and V PDAs! All was well and good as I embarked on testing the stability and gains from overclocking my beloved Palm.

Though the Palm IIIx and Palm V both use a newer Motorola DragonBall EZ MC68EZ328 processor than my Palm III, the 3 machines are all clocked at 16Mhz.

Thanks to my close pals who owned the IIIx and V, I was able to do simple comparisons and benchmarks on their models relative to my older Palm III. It was apparent that switching and loading apps on the IIIx and V was faster. Well, that was until I found Afterburner.  =) I was able to attain very significant performance improvements.

If you are a IIIx and V user, the improvements are even more phenomenal. You will see in the benchmarks later.

Jean Paul Gavini has since updated Afterburner from version 1.0 to version 2.0. The primary difference is that in version 2.0, Afterburner became a hack instead of a standalone app, relying on Hackmaster to do its magic. Also, v2.0 is able to revert back to 'Normal' clock speeds when doing hotsync. This is indeed a plus point.


I had been using Afterburner version 1.0 and had since upgraded to version 2.0. I'd never encountered any problems when I used them on my Palm III. Same could be said of the IIIx and V.

Overclocking successes varied from model to model, processor to processor. I received a couple of mails from friends and readers to say they didn't quite achieve the same speeds I attained, which led me to conclude that silicon yield did play a part.

We have read Barry's trouble of getting Afterburner to work on his Palm. It led to his Palm crashing, requiring a hard reset and a recovery of data via Backup Buddy. This should be a relatively isolated case. After the initial scare, the file has been put back up at PilotGearHQ and most user reviews had been positive.

Brief Run-down of Test Machines:

  • Palm III, Palm IIIx, Palm V

  • RAM: 2Mb, 4Mb, 2Mb respectively

  • Flash Pro TRG installed on ALL machines

  • OS 3.02, 3.1, 3.1 respectively

  • Batteries: Alkaline, Alkaline, Lithium Ion.

Some notes about this write-up:


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