speeding up firefox

Discussion in 'Backup and Security' started by oraclewizard77, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. oraclewizard77

    oraclewizard77 Moderator

    Went to chrome after firefox was loading slow, then noticed in e-mail after clicking on a message and then clicking on back, it went all the back to the last web page instead of my message folder.

    So I looked for a way of speeding up firefox since I liked how it handled e-mail better, and this worked for me.

    # Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

    # Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.
    # Alter the entries as follows:
    # Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true" by double-clicking it.
    # Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true" by double-clicking it.
    # Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to 8 by double-clicking it. This means it will make 8 requests at once. There is no point setting it higher then 8 as it is capped at 8 max. [The default value for this setting is 4]
    # Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.
    # If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!

    # If you have problems like slow down, pages not loading or images loading weird, just undo the tweaks in about:config
    # You can also do this in the Internet explorer browser, In opera an alternative is: go to opera:config and go to performance. Then change the max number of connections to 32
    # Firefox's slow loading could be due to the auto update. Disabling the auto-update feature could lead to improved loading time. For disabling update go to Tools--> options -->advanced --> Update and uncheck all the selections and click OK. (Make sure that you update manually at least once a week).
  2. oraclewizard77

    oraclewizard77 Moderator

    I did all but turning off auto update. Even ET forums run faster now.

  3. Many FFox users also install the FlashBlock plug in, which improves performance quite a bit by decrapifying webpages. It replaces the Flash content by a click-to-run icon, so desirable Flash can still be viewed.

  4. Fractal


    Many thanks for this!
  5. Perhaps, but user reviews not that great... 3.72/5
  6. Actually no.

    Google Chrome uses the JavaScript engine "V8".
    Firefox 3.1 and above uses "Trace Monkey" as its JavaScript engine.

    Supposedly when chrome first came out it was 10x faster than Firefox 3.0 and below(using Spider Monkey for JavaScript). Now with Mozilla's new JavaScript engine it performs the same or even slightly faster. Both however are many many times faster than Internet Explorer.

    Many of the Google Chrome developers actually came from Mozilla. The team agreed that they would only design the new browser as long as it was open source.. like Mozilla. What a lot of people like about Mozilla is that it's an independent software provider. Unlike Google and Microsoft.

    Also the AdBlockPlus add-on is really nice(Google Chrome hasn't integrated add-ons into their browser). It blocks annoying adds that you see on pretty much every web page. Sites also load much quicker. Use the EasyList + EasyPrivacy subscriptions for people wanting to use the add-on.
  7. auspiv


    #10     Sep 30, 2009