Skip to comments.Firefox 3.6 Beta 5
Posted on 12/26/2009 12:27:36 PM PST by don-o
I was almost ready to chuck FF and go back to IE because the 3.5 version was killing me - slow loads, freezes and crashes was SOP.
I have just now installed the 3.6 Beta 5. This is the first time I have ever installed a beta release. Is there any downside that I need to be aware of?
The 3.6 is much, much faster so far.
Even after I ditched all the extensions and add-ons, it’s still a resource and memory hog. I’ve downgraded back to 3.5.
Besides it being beta?
3.5. what? And how does one determine that it’s hogging memory. What does that look like?
I’m using 3.5.6 and it crashes all the time. I’m about ready to chuck it.
Yes. What are potential pitfalls of using a beta anything?
Firefox 3.n crashes repeatedly for me, so I’ve dropped back to 2.0, which stays up. I’m ready to move on from Firefox. What is the most stable browser right now?
You can see memory usage in Windows Task Manager (CTRL-ALT-DEL), under the “Process” tab, shows “Mem Usage”. Currently my FF is using 64 MB of 1GB of RAM and I am only using one tab and no extensions. I can remember earlier versions using far less memory.
Firefox.exe should be listed there, with its memory usage.
Elementary question: Why is that bad, if all one is doing is surfing?
Still have 2.0 due to having windows ME,will never go back to IE.
I’ve tried Apple Safari. It loads pages slow. Google Chrome is very fast and doesn’t buffer Youtube videos like FF and Safari do. IE8 is relatively fast in comparison to FF and Safari as well.
It’s really not bad if you have the memory to spare....currently, my Firefox is at 312 Megs....but I have 8 Gigs of ram so it really doesn’t matter.
It slows down Windows in general. I’ve seen spikes over 128MB and Windows becomes unresponsive up to and including the mouse pointer.
It’s pulling 84 and I think I have 512. My point is that the improvement over the 3.5 is vast and very welcome. I suppose time will reveal the downside for the way I roll.
The rule of thumb, no matter how much memory you have in your system is that Windows is gonna want as much as it can possibly use. It doesn’t matter if you have 1 gig or 8 gig, Windows itself will try and keep as much memory for itself as it can. Robbing memory hogging applications of total available memory.
I have had no problems with Firefox at all. None of the versions have crashed.
I'm running 3.5.6 on Windows 7, no issues on this end. Loads fast, I've had problems with one plugin (Skype) which once removed everything was fine.
From time to time I do get “virtual memory too low...” messages. I have read what I can find and understand about it. Generally, I just let it be and continue about my business.
Running a fairly old Dell here. All I ever did to it was install additional RAM. I did get a speed upgrade to 10 Mbs recently, but was seeing little evidence until I installed this bets upgrade of Firefox
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