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!
It's the Google translation page - see post #230.
Sounds like another job for an extension to me. I'm not volunteering this time -- I wrote "openurldialog" last time based on a comment like this.
Don't feel bad. I was once about 500 feet beyond the limit and the telco wouldn't budge, sticking me with overpriced 64Kb ISDN. I was about to set up getting my neighbor to get DSL, put a directional wireless antenna on his house, and beam it to me so we could share the connection. But then I moved, where I now have 2.5Mb (actual test rate) cable -- sweeeet.
Satellite's nice, but forget it if you want to do gaming or have to VPN into work. The latency will kill you.
Get a good mouse and assign them to buttons. Or learn how to do extensions and make those buttons (easy if you can do simple programming).
I should start making custom obscure extensions for people. Profit!
Very good! Thanks for the tip!
Have you figured out how to do it with the new version of firefox? (1.0 not the prerelease)
ah, never mind. about:config instead of aboutconfig. got it.
Since I'd changed this I have been having trouble loading certain pages (loooong delays) but that could be a coincidence. E.g. search pages on ebay loaded fast but the actual auction pages didn't. Changed integer down to 8 - see if that helps...
argh. Pages (exact same pages) respond fine with IE -so it's not ebay that's doing it, it's gotta be firefox.
thanks, much faster!
It has allot to do with your connection speed I believe. If tweaking it doesn't help you can always go back to the default settings.
to 0 and seems to have fixed it. (I walk where angels fear to tread, I guess...)
ping for later
nah didn't have anything to do with my connection. IE worked fine on the same puter - something else had to be goofed up in Mozilla. It would sit and wait and wait sometimes several minutes before loading an auction page. Weird.
musta been a fluke... doing it again. Well, I'll have to do some more research.
Nice. thank you for the help.
Could you add me to your ping list?
And if I may ask a question of anyone...
Any idea how to make FireFox let me use features on my EZBoard (Or other) message board? Using IE, I just highlight the text and then hit "Bold" or "Quote" or whatever, and it puts the little prompt things on each side.
FireFox won't let me do that...It only opens up a box where I'm supposed to type the text I wanted bolded or quoted or whatever. Which obviously creates a problem when quoting an entire article, or whatever. Or God forbid, trying to bold AND quote something...
changed that to true and is working again.
I've never used EZBoard, so I don't know. I don't have a ping list either. Maybe someone else can help you out.
The only thing I listed in my instructions for nglayout is "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" set to 0 for integer.
Maybe you inadvertently grabbed the wrong one. Easy to do with so many lines on that config page.
No, I changed that one too - just playin around to see if anything helps - but the more I do the more I am thinking it's *not* firefox anymore. ebay's announcement page has been down for about two days so I can't see if they're having trouble or making system changes or what.
bump for later
I was even given credit!
PS: I didn't invent those instructions, I just gathered them from the help site. ;-)
Good to see FR getting mentioned along with the instructions too!
Please add me to the firefox hint ping list.
In the movie, Clint just threw open the thrusters, but it burned way more fuel doing that.
FYI--this ping list also gets pinged to other technical items that I find interesting as well.
From Firefox site:
Files you download are automatically saved to your Desktop so they're easy to find. Fewer prompts mean files download quicker.
It can be changed.
I like that feature. Internet Explorer used to be infuriating when you go to download something, and rather than save the file where you last saved something, it places the file in some whacked 'temp' directory.
That's why god gave us rt-clk / save as in IE.
But thanks for the info - it would be nice to have a default folder for downloads. I don't like IE's 'last folder used'.
Hi, why just broadband? What effect if any will it have if I have cable? thanx
Cable is considered Broadband.
To answer you question though, it would overwhelm a dial up connection, and actually have the reverse effec, slowing things down.
(Hope you don't mind, Billie -- but you have a great page to show this difference.)
That's the kind of page I always had trouble with using FF. Now, like you said, "It flies" w00t!
Ping for later reading...and thanks!
Heh, you're the buckhead of Firefox :)
To be put in league with Buckhead for any reason is nice! lol
Do me a favor - flush the cache, set the cache size to 0 and re-run it with and without pipelining enabled.