How to overclock the HTC Vivid to 2.0 GHz via KangBang custom kernel

August 9, 2012
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Overclocking smartphones processors is not surprising. Usually, processors are overclocked from 500 MHz or more to increase the operating speed of your phone. But, for example, if you try to overclock a 1.2 GHz processor to 2.0 GHz, that’s a different story.

If your phone is overclocked too much, it might become unstable and there might be higher risk of damage due to excessive overvoltage. On the other hand, if you successfully overclock your processor to 2.0 GHz, then the prize that awaits you is great. This is where the custom kernel called KangBang Kernel comes in.

The kernel allows you to overclock your HTC Vivid to 2.0 GHz for faster and better phone performance.

This guide teaches you how to overclock the HTC Vivid to 2.0 GHz via KangBang custom kernel.

Warning

  • The instructions in this guide are intended for use with the HTC Vivid. Applying these instructions on another device or model may produce undesired outcomes.
  • The information in this guide is provided for instructional and educational purposes only. There is no guarantee that these instructions will work under your specific and unique circumstances.
  • Use these instructions at your own risk. We shall not hold any responsibility or liability for whatever happens to you or your device arising from your use of the info in this guide.
  • Read and understand the whole guide first before actually performing the instructions.

Requirements

Instructions

For HTC Vivid with S-OFF

  1. Copy the KangBang-Kernel-v2.0.zip file to your phone’s SD card. Do not extract the ZIP file.
  2. Turn off your phone and boot it to Bootloader Mode. You can do this by holding down the Volume Down button and Power button until bootloader boots. Using the Volume keys, scroll and highlight Recovery. Select it using the Power button to boot into ClockworkMod Recovery.
    • NOTE: Once in Recovery Mode, use Volume buttons to scroll up or down and the Power button to select an option.
  3. Select Install ZIP from SD card then select Choose ZIP from SD card. Locate the KangBang-Kernel-v2.0.zip file on your SD Card and select it. Confirm installation by selecting Yes > Install KangBang-Kernel-v2.0.zip. The kernel will now start installing.
  4. Once the installation is completed, select Go back then select Reboot system now.
  5. Once the phone finishes rebooting, you can use apps like SetCPU or No-Frills CPU Control to overclock the processor. Be very careful in testing several overclock frequencies, and find out which is most stable.

For HTC Vivid with S-ON

  1. Enable USB debugging on your phone.
  2. Copy the KangBang-Kernel-v2.0.zip file to your phone’s SD card. Do not extract the ZIP file.
  3. Extract the ADB and Fastboot binaries package into a folder on your PC.
  4. Rename recovery-beta2.img to recovery.img for easier handling.
  5. Copy recovery.img into the same folder where the extracted fastboot or fastboot.exe binary executable file is located on your computer.
  6. With your phone running in Normal Mode, connect your phone to the PC using a USB cable.
  7. Open a terminal window or command prompt and change directory to the folder where you extracted the ADB and Fastboot binaries to.ย  (If on Windows, just double-click commandprompt.bat inside the folder.)
  8. Enter the following commands:
    • adb kill-server
    • adb reboot bootloader
  9. Your phone will reboot into HBOOT Mode.ย  The top of the phone screen will display “FASTBOOT USB.”
  10. Load the recovery.img file onto the phone and boot into recovery by entering the following commands at the terminal window or command prompt:
    • fastboot boot recovery.img
  11. Your phone will boot into Recovery Mode.
  12. From the recovery menu, select Install ZIP from SD card then select Choose ZIP from SD card. Locate the KangBang-Kernel-v2.0.zip file on your SD Card and select it.
  13. Confirm installation by selecting Yes > Install KangBang-Kernel-v2.0.zip. The kernel will now start installing.
  14. Return to the main recovery menu.
  15. Select Wipe cache partition and confirm the action on the next screen.
  16. Select Advanced > Wipe Dalvik cache and confirm the action on the next screen.
  17. Return to main recovery menu and select Reboot system now to restart your phone.
  18. Once the phone finishes rebooting, you can use apps like SetCPU or No-Frills CPU Control to overclock the processor. Be very careful in testing several overclock frequencies, and find out which is most stable.

Congratulations! KangBang kernel has now been successfully installed on your HTC Vivid. Explore, have fun, and experience faster phone performance with your overclocked HTC Vivid.

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