omskates, thanks for replying
Well, the thing is that I like to run as a LiveCD a lot to reduce cumulative errors on hard drive installs and all the logs that pile up that I forget about.
At 3.1 GHz the livecd itself was giving me a frozen screen. I might be able to go up to 2.8 GHz but I have found that the only thing that needs the higher speed is high definition video using xv which is only marginally ok, so I need to run my GF 260 in vdpau anyway for high definition.
Sysinfo for 'localhost': Linux 22.214.171.124-pclos3.pae.bfs running KDE Development Platform 4.6.5 (4.6.5), CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 at 2612 MHz (5223 bogomips), HD: 8449/10439GB, RAM: 2318/8039MB, 216 proc's, 1.22h up
CPU[-Dual core AMD Phenom II X2 550 (SMP) clocked at 2612.128 Mhz-] Kernel[-126.96.36.199-pclos3.pae.bfs i686-] Up[-1:24-] Mem[-576.0/8039.9MB-] HDD[-11422.4GB(79.4% used)-] Procs[-215-] Client[-Shell-] inxi[-1.2.7-]
Right now I am running a newly modified livecd from my main drive.