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The HP TouchPad Setup Guide Part 2: Overclocking Your Tablet [WebOS]

Tim Brookes 07-09-2011

hp touchpad overclockLast time I showed you how to speed up your newly acquired firesale HP TouchPad HP TouchPad Setup Guide Part 1: Speed Up Your Tablet With Preware, Homebrew & Patches [WebOS] Welcome to WebOS, an operating system that will never compare to iOS for speed. Many believed that WebOS 3.0 would have real potential in the portable market - but HP WebOS went wrong somewhere. Luckily... Read More with a number of patches and tweaks. There’s no denying that the performance increase is noticeable (especially compared to stock 3.0 firmware) but the device still seems to lag and stutter at points.


If you’re still disappointed with performance and are looking to turbo-charge your TouchPad, then a 1.5GHz speed bump might just do the trick. Be warned that this might just void your warranty should things go wrong, but with software like WebOS Doctor on your side the process is fairly safe and above all easy. It is also possible to remove your modified kernel and restore to Palm defaults with just a few taps.

Warranty, Preware & Patches

Before we begin, make sure you have installed Preware, enabled Developer Mode and installed the patches I mentioned in my last article HP TouchPad Setup Guide Part 1: Speed Up Your Tablet With Preware, Homebrew & Patches [WebOS] Welcome to WebOS, an operating system that will never compare to iOS for speed. Many believed that WebOS 3.0 would have real potential in the portable market - but HP WebOS went wrong somewhere. Luckily... Read More . You’ll be needing Preware in order to download and install the new kernel and governor application, Developer Mode, to alter the TouchPad’s existing kernel and the patches go a long way in the pursuit of a speedy tablet.

It must be said that HP is unlikely to bat an eyelid should you return a TouchPad that has been “bricked” due to an unclean reboot caused by messing with the kernel. Similarly, they won’t repair a unit damaged directly as a result of an overclock.

hp touchpad overclock

That said, the 1.5GHz bump is a fairly safe procedure which does not increase the processor’s voltage demands nor does it have a massive impact on battery life. It’s early days at the moment, and many are reporting around a 10% decrease in battery life, with the highest I’ve seen quoted at 20%. Similarly, operating temperatures These Laptop Computer Temperature Monitor Apps Could Save Your Hard Drive Overheating is a leading cause of hardware failure. But heat can also make your computer slow. Use one of these apps to monitor and control the temperature of computer components. Read More aren’t that much higher either.


UberKernel & Experimental Alternatives

At present the only stable kernel that currently supports overclocking is called the UberKernel. There are plenty of others available, but these still reside in Preware’s testing feeds, unlike UberKernel which has been deemed fit for public consumption.

It is for this reason that we’re using UberKernel here. If you are interested in trying out some of the more experimental overclocks, with speeds of up to 1.9GHz available (though stability goes out of the window) then check out PsychoKernel at WebOS-Internals. As stability increases with each alpha version, features are implemented into the public UberKernel release – so it’s probably worth sticking to the public release unless you’re ready to play by the testing rules.

Install UberKernel & Govnah

Open up Preware and choose Available Packages followed by Kernels then All. At the time of writing only two are available – Palm Kernel (the default “recovery” kernel) and UberKernel.

hp touchpad setup


Choose UberKernel, read the disclaimer then hit Install. The process should take around 10 minutes maximum, and once installed you will be prompted to restart your device (which you should do).

hp touchpad setup

If all went well, your TouchPad started up as you’d normally expect it to (with an initial splash of information on boot from UberKernel). At present, your TouchPad is not overclocked – UberKernel simply allows for this. To increase your CPU What Is A CPU and What Does It Do? Computing acronyms are confusing. What is a CPU anyway? And do I need a quad or dual-core processor? How about AMD, or Intel? We're here to help explain the difference! Read More frequency you’ll need a governor application, like Govnah.

Back to Preware and hit the magnifying glass (search) icon in the top right. Type “Govnah” (without quotes) and tap on the only result. Once you’ve read the app description, hit Install.


hp touchpad setup

Exit Preware and open your app launcher. Navigate to Downloads and choose Govnah. Read and heed the text before tapping through to the main interface. Govnah should currently look like this:

The HP TouchPad Setup Guide Part 2: Overclocking Your Tablet [WebOS] preoverclock

To overclock, simply tap Profile then choose OnDemandTcl 1512. You will be returned to the Govnah home screen, where you can watch your CPU clock itself up to 1.5GHz. Congratulations, you’re overclocked – exit Govnah and try out your faster tablet.


hp touchpad overclock

You can of course create your own profiles where you specify the clock speed, though beware it is possible that you’ll encounter issues. To uninstall, simply select UberKernel in Preware from your Installed Packages list and uninstall then reboot. Easy!

The Doctor Will See You Now

If something went wrong, then all might not be lost. WebOS Doctor is program designed to restore your WebOS device back to an original firmware image. There is a lengthy guide on WebOS-Internals about restoring a device and solutions to a number of problems you might encounter.

Download: WebOS Doctor (Windows XP, Vista, 7 & Mac OS X 10.5+)
Documentation: Restoring A Device (WebOS Internals), Palm WebOS Doctor FAQ (HP/Palm)


After spending a day or two overclocked, I can say the difference is noticeable. Loading times for apps such as email and photos are much improved, as is scrolling through emails or sliding panes around in Facebook. The browsing experience is perkier too – and I haven’t really noticed an impact on battery life 5 Ways to Improve the Battery Life of Your Tablet Tablets are becoming a popular mobile device, and their impressive endurance is one of the greatest draws. Most tablets can last eight to ten hours even when displaying mobile video or surfing the web. This... Read More .

Let us know if you’ve noticed much of a speed boost from your TouchPad. Did you patch it up or go the whole hog and overclock? Do you like WebOS? Do you think HP will continue to provide updates or sell the OS? This is a hot topic right now, so leave your comment below.

Related topics: Overclocking, Web OS.

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  1. Hank Simon
    November 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I appreciate it. Thanks for the Guide. One glitch that I had that might help others - I pressed the power button to turn off my Touchpad. It seemed to work, but I didn't get the speed increase. Later, I found out about holding the Power button for 15 seconds, then selecting ShutDown on the menu. Not sure what the difference was, but the Touchpad screams now!  Thanks!!!

  2. Socrates
    November 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    works like a champ, no issues at this time.  Thanks

  3. Jmhelms2
    October 21, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Great service!....question: will all or part of these p[art 1 and 2 steps need to be redone after installing the latest webOs update (just out from HP)?....I have already installed it and tablet seems much peppier but cant't tell if these tweaks survived...thanks, John H.

  4. Ynyng
    October 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I keep getting an error that says verification of installing uber kernal failed??

  5. ipguy
    October 11, 2011 at 1:02 am

    even at 1.5 my TP still lags

  6. AsiladoDosmil
    October 10, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Outstanding, simple, process. I am right handed. I did it with my left hand. It's so easy, the a Caveman can do it...

  7. Zquoc
    October 6, 2011 at 2:44 am

    A very guide, it make this task lots easier. Thank for taking the time to write thing guide.

  8. Mcmiller95828
    October 2, 2011 at 6:21 am

    HI I was able to get my hands on a touchpad through Egghead and right out the box I was very underwhelmed by it.  After following your simple instruction in both of the posts this thing screams now.  Very happy withit thank you.

    • Tim Brookes
      October 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Glad that the guide helped, I hope you've found some decent uses for your TouchPad!

  9. Generomine
    September 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Does this procedure overclock both processors?

    • Tim Brookes
      September 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

      I'm not sure entirely. At the time of writing the article only the testing builds (unstable Preware kernels) were overclocking both cores. Both UberKernel and Govnah have since been updated so it is possible.

      Regardless, at present it's the only stable overclocking option. Those who are a little more experimental and wish to contribute to the community can check out the bleeding edge releases which push the bar far beyond the 1.5GHz we've got here.


    • GTuck12_31
      November 14, 2011 at 9:02 am

      Yes it does.

  10. Jmhelms2
    September 22, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the two upgrade posts...I tried to carefully follow the two posts...with regard to the first post, all went well but could not install Muffle System Logging and Increase Touch Sensitivity...got error messages even with repeated attempts to install...with regard to overclocking, I could download the UberKernal but it would not install correctly....another error message, though the icon would appear in downloads...I then downloaded Govanh and selected the overclock setting...it seemed to work....not sure if the foregoing survived a reboot but seems speedier and Govanh shows in apps and you can see the overclock setting...if anyone has any thoughts I'd appreciate it...I can be reached at jmhelms2@gmail.com ...one last note is that I acquired the unit from a  friend who had done all this already...to be able to access my own WebOs account, I had to do a secure reset/wipe of the unit, which seemed to  remove Preware, Uberkernal and Govanh...from there I just started over...thanks for any help, John H.

    • Tim Brookes
      September 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

      If you're still not sure if you've properly homebrewed and overclocked then you could always try doctoring your device. WebOS Doctor is a program that will return your tablet (or WebOS phone) to its original condition, minus any third party alterations.

      All your personal data will be lost, so make sure you back up pictures, music, downloads and so on. Once your device has been doctored you will need to follow both guides very carefully again to set-up homebrew and the UberKernel on your tablet.

      It seems that this is the best way to go if you're not sure what the situation is, at least you can start afresh and know your device is as speedy as it can be. 

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  11. Nxtrek
    September 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Finally, a common sense easy to follow guide to over clocking! Not sure why I found the others so painful, but yours has nice screenshots to help. So, cheers :)

    • Tim Brookes
      September 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for commenting :)

  12. Trevevs
    September 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    great guide -thanks for the love.. Cheers Trev :-)

  13. Rebekah
    September 12, 2011 at 3:35 am

    I tried it but in govnah there is only one profile listed and it is just the default profile. Am I missing something?

    • Tim Brookes
      September 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      Have you definitely installed UberKernel? An icon should appear in "Downloads" that will confirm that it is installed. If this still doesn't work maybe reinstalling Govnah might help.

      I've not encountered this myself, but the wiki at WebOS Internals might also help:


      • Achraf52
        September 15, 2011 at 12:28 am

        Or maybe he just didn't know how to access to add profile .

    • Koss424
      October 27, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      I had the same problem, try uninstalling both uberk and govnah and reinstall.  Worked for me.