Skip to comments.How To Speed Up Firefox (Helpful Vanity)
Posted on 12/12/2004 12:45:50 PM PST by KoRn
Here's something for broadband people that will really speed Firefox up:
1.Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:
network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
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.
2. Alter the entries as follows:
Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"
Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"
Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.
3. 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 recieves.
If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!
I install Starband and Direcway, as well as a few others. They are not the end all and be all either. Although for folks in the boondocks, it may be the only other alternative. I think I would wait till the ka band satellite for Wildblue comes on line in early 2005 and then you will have three or four choices of satellite platform. For now, Cable modem appears to have the edge on speed over all possible choices other than T1 line, and now there is one faster than that. I travel enough and need my connection with me, that dial up is my only alternative for now.
Umm, Did you miss the part where it said this was for Broadband users only?
Satellite broadband users will likely see a big improvement - for the rest of us, not so much.
Done. Welcome aboard.
I'll check in after lunch and give you a case where it fails pretty dramatically ;)
Keep in mind, I'm not saying there's no improvement ever, only that there are some cases when it doesn't improve things, some cases where it can make things slower, and that for most cases where it does improve things, the improvement is likely to not be earth-shattering for most people. On balance, it's probably worth enabling for most people, but it's the kind of thing that's worth a bit of testing to see if it helps in some particular case.
Got it? Now, disable http pipelining and http proxy pipelining in about:config - return to the default settings, basically. Clear your cache again and close and restart your browser. Come back to this page here on FR, grab your stopwatch, and time the page load again. You should notice a fairly significant difference in load times, although which one is faster may surprise you ;)
Same here but I cannot get my center button to work. Does yours?
My center button works fine. If I click a link with the center button it opens that link in a new tab.
/Bump for those who may not have seen it.
You can also just put this:
// Enable pipelining:
in your user.js file.
Any idea om how to speed up the scrolling with Firefox? Seems painfully slow compared to IE 6.
I cleared the cache and set it lower than the 50000kb default and it helped a little but not much. I also tried different settings with smooth scrolling and autoscroll and not much difference there either.
I wonder if there is a way to speed up scrolling to the speed that the page up / page down buttons scroll, with the smooth scrolling option turned on, but by pressing the up or down arrow, or clicking on the up or down scroll arrows with the mouse. The up/down arrows it is painfully slow scrolling and the mouse click over the up or down scroll arrows is even slower. This was one area that IE was quicker.
Don't know the answer to that one. I can say for sure, I had very bad scrolling issues like yours, mine were caused by not yet loading the drivers for my graphics card. I'm not saying that's your problem, but it may be something to look at.