I have had issues with running RPI cam control and pikrell cam on Pi Zero W and found a post where it was recommended to use:



But since I do not change the ARM frequency, GPU, etc, does this action still overclock the pi?

A theory in the original post was that "instability could instead be due to the dynamic changes in clock speed when turbo mode is not forced on".


As per the documentation on overclocking:

When you overclock (i.e. actually change the arm_freq, core_freq, or gpu_freq tags), the dynamic clock setting will automatically be enabled. This means that the Pi will not run at its maximum frequency unless the load on it is great enough. To disable dynamic clock, the force_turbo flag can be set to 1.

However, the over_voltage tag applies regardless of the frequency of the arm, core, or gpu.

To directly answer your question: No, those two flags alone should not overclock the Pi, the over_voltage flag will apply, and may bring some more stability to your Pi, but the force_turbo=1 flag should do nothing.


Here is a direct quote from one of the posts in the thread you linked which seems to support this.

Upon further reflection, I decided to only change one thing at a time. So I only applied the line "over_voltage=6" (based on the link in my previous post). I did NOT apply the force_turbo setting. My zero's have been stable for almost 2 weeks so far!

  • Thanks a lot Patrick! I changed the setting using only over_voltage without force_turbo (and otherwise standard settings) and the pi has worked for more than a week without interruption. – Carl-Fredrik von Essen Mar 10 at 9:23
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    Still working after 3 weeks! – Carl-Fredrik von Essen Mar 22 at 6:59
  • @Carl-FredrikvonEssen Great to hear! – Patrick Cook Mar 23 at 0:00

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