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April 25, 2010
11:36 AM
Pwnana
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We all know Firefox is great, but it takes FOREVER to start up.  SO I fuond a few ways to speed up the loading of Firefox, but its still not enough!

 

First, having it as your default browser makes it open a little faster.

Second, disabling automatic update checking also adds significant speed.

Third, using Firefox Preloader can shave off even more time.

But like I said, it still takes a little while to start up.  Has anyone found any effective ways of speeding up the loading process?  I searched and googled but I haven’t found anything really helpful.

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April 25, 2010
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That also stresses the servers.  You shouldn’t do that-it’s preventing the other users of sites from making requests.

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April 25, 2010
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Locutus said:

That also stresses the servers.  You shouldn’t do that-it’s preventing the other users of sites from making requests.


 

How so?? I really never heard of that .

….(tho, …..there’s a zillion+ one things I’ve never heard of!)

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April 25, 2010
6:12 PM
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Wait, here’s something new I just learned:

Firefox only has the ability to send 8 requests at once, so
altering this value to anything higher than 8 is pointless.

Will it hurt anything if you set it that high? No, but it just shows you
that the people who told you to do this don’t know what they’re doing.

So ha!

Even if it could send 30 http requests at once, you wouldn’t want to set
it that high. If everyone made 30 simultaneous http requests to every
web server they connected with, the internet would be slow, webmasters
would hate you (and Mozilla,) and your IP would probably be banned from
many websites. There is a reason that this setting is turned off by
default.

Also:

Those same pages will also tell you to create a new value called
“nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and to set that value to “0″. All this
does is start displaying the information on the webpage sooner. nglayout.initialpaint.delay
does not make your page load faster.
In fact, it can make it
load slower; especially on slower connections. If you create this value
and set it to “0″ you will notice the page beginning to render right
away, but it will take longer to finish completely.

There ya go.

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April 25, 2010
6:12 PM
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Locutus said: ….Wait, here’s something new I just learned:

 


 

Thanks, now I’ve learned something new.

BTW: Did you learn all this stuff AFTER you came to our planet, or did you just assimilate it with what you brought to us??!!??!! Wink

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April 25, 2010
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Hey, I’m from Earth originally!  Remember, beneath all this circuitry I’m Jean-Luc Picard! Jeez!

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April 25, 2010
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ROFL – Touched a cyber-nerve LaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh.

@Shell: Yeah, please don’t do that. Stuff like that makes Ashraf angry. You don’t want to see Ashraf angry.

April 25, 2010
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Locutus said:

Hey, I’m from Earth originally!  Remember, beneath all this circuitry I’m Jean-Luc Picard! Jeez!


 So you are he & he is you & ……………

Reminds me of the Beatles song: “I am the Walrus.”

“I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together….”

For those who are Beatles-challenged, here is a version:

 

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April 26, 2010
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yourpalal said:

Locutus said: ….Wait, here’s something new I just learned:

 


 

Thanks, now I’ve learned something new.

BTW: Did you learn all this stuff AFTER you came to our planet, or did you just assimilate it with what you brought to us??!!??!! Wink


 

Thankyou … I also learned something from that :)

However, I must say this tip has been working for me for a long time (my requests set at 15 and it works -somehow?- faster than 8. I use many forums and websites and have not once had a complaint. I will continue this system for now, others may want to take your probably wiser advice :)

April 26, 2010
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An alternative for those who enjoy taking risks, would be Minefield browser (Mozilla) It is ‘Experimental’ so dont use it if you want a safe stable browser. It is lightening fast…but it has a downside in that the CPU and Ram hit is about +30%  Also some ad-ons and plugins will not work with it. You need to backup your profile regularly if trying it out as mozilla state it is unstable. I tested it for a few months and loved it, but the cpu/ram hit was too high for me to keep. Just a thought :)

 

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/minefield/

April 26, 2010
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Hey, spell.  Here’s a better version of Firefox that works with all of your extensions but is wayy wayy faster:  Pale Moon. http://www.palemoon.org/

It’s optimized for Windows while the regular version is optimized for Linux.

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April 26, 2010
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Thankyou locutus…Much appreciated as I had not heard about this.  I will have to give this one a test drive Laugh

May 1, 2010
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Locutus said:

Hey, spell.  Here’s a better version of Firefox that works with all of your extensions but is wayy wayy faster:  Pale Moon. http://www.palemoon.org/

It’s optimized for Windows while the regular version is optimized for Linux.


 

@ Locutus: You had me all excited for a second until I went to the site and read their http://www.palemoon.org/troubleshooting.html, but it would lockout FF for a minute or 2 every time it did its thing.

Anyway, not sure if this will help the long termination time or not. I’ll try running “Recover RAM” right before I terminate FF next time and see.

P.S. @ 5 minutes later and FF is already back up to @ 325MB.

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May 1, 2010
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BTW, I had an article on FF cache bookmarked that might be useful to someone. Haven’t tried it yet, so yer on yer own if you try it!Surprised

Firefox Tip: Move Disk Cache To Another Location Or Second Hard Drive 

Also just ran across this site. Seems like they may have a lot of good info on Firefox and other topics.

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May 1, 2010
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spell said:

Thankyou … I also learned something from that :)

However, I must say this tip has been working for me for a long time (my requests set at 15 and it works -somehow?- faster than 8. I use many forums and websites and have not once had a complaint. I will continue this system for now, others may want to take your probably wiser advice :)


 Placebo effect?

@ Everyone, uninstalling/disabling some unused addons will make loading faster. Also, try using the software SpeedyFox.

May 1, 2010
5:19 PM
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Firefox automatically set to take up an optimal amount of RAM based on how much you have.  It’s changable in About:Config.

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May 1, 2010
6:03 PM
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Hey, does PaleMoon really work? I went on their website and saw their speed tests and they say it is almost identical to the original firefox.

But is it really that good that you guys would actually use it instead of firefox?

May 1, 2010
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It literally is Firefox, but without the Linux and OSX-specific code.

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