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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!


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To: KoRn

It's the Google translation page - see post #230.


251 posted on 12/18/2004 3:23:10 PM PST by general_re ("What's plausible to you is unimportant." - D'man)
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To: Floyd R Turbo
I have another minor issue with Firefox. Under Old Netscape you could place the pointer on any photo and right click to see it's name and the kind of file. That has been lost with Firefox. I really miss that when cruising FR.

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.

BTW, Firefox extensions are easy to learn to write if you know JavaScript and have a vague familiarity with XML concepts.

252 posted on 12/20/2004 7:09:16 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: BigSkyFreeper
ADSL is available here, but I'm something like 20 miles beyond the 3 mile limit.

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.

253 posted on 12/20/2004 7:16:50 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: BigSkyFreeper
I have looked into satellite.

Satellite's nice, but forget it if you want to do gaming or have to VPN into work. The latency will kill you.

254 posted on 12/20/2004 7:21:44 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: KoRn

BTT


256 posted on 12/20/2004 8:34:09 AM PST by BigDaddyTX
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To: Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
Those keyboard commands require me to sit upright and get out of my reclining position in my chair in order to use the keyboard. That's a hassle, too!

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!

257 posted on 12/20/2004 11:42:39 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: KoRn
BTW, if you go many places on Microsoft's site using Firefox you'll get the "Warning: You are viewing this page with an unsupported Web browser." message. Simply install the User Agent Switcher extension and flip to Firefox saying it's IE before visiting. No more messages.
258 posted on 12/20/2004 11:48:16 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: antiRepublicrat

Very good! Thanks for the tip!


259 posted on 12/20/2004 11:49:00 AM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn

ping


260 posted on 12/20/2004 11:54:16 AM PST by Warhammer (I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.)
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To: KoRn

Have you figured out how to do it with the new version of firefox? (1.0 not the prerelease)


261 posted on 12/21/2004 11:39:00 AM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: KoRn

ah, never mind. about:config instead of aboutconfig. got it.


262 posted on 12/21/2004 11:40:59 AM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: KoRn

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...


263 posted on 12/21/2004 11:43:09 AM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: KoRn; Cyrano

argh. Pages (exact same pages) respond fine with IE -so it's not ebay that's doing it, it's gotta be firefox.


264 posted on 12/21/2004 11:47:47 AM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: KoRn

thanks, much faster!


265 posted on 12/21/2004 11:49:06 AM PST by jpsb
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To: Terriergal

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.


266 posted on 12/21/2004 11:51:25 AM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn; Cyrano

changed
network.http.request.max-start-delay

to 0 and seems to have fixed it. (I walk where angels fear to tread, I guess...)


267 posted on 12/21/2004 11:57:30 AM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: KoRn

ping for later


268 posted on 12/21/2004 11:58:28 AM PST by Inyokern
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To: KoRn

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.


269 posted on 12/21/2004 11:58:55 AM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: Cyrano; KoRn

musta been a fluke... doing it again. Well, I'll have to do some more research.


270 posted on 12/21/2004 12:00:35 PM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: KoRn

Nice. thank you for the help.


271 posted on 12/21/2004 12:03:28 PM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of an 11 month old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: KoRn

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...

Thanks!


272 posted on 12/21/2004 12:07:25 PM PST by I Gig Gar
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To: KoRn; Cyrano

nglayout.debug.enable_xbl_forms
changed that to true and is working again.


273 posted on 12/21/2004 12:08:01 PM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: I Gig Gar

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.


274 posted on 12/21/2004 12:12:45 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Terriergal
"nglayout.debug.enable_xbl_forms"

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.

275 posted on 12/21/2004 12:15:59 PM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn

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.


276 posted on 12/21/2004 10:07:56 PM PST by Terriergal (...the fool has said in his heart 'there is no God')
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To: KoRn

bump for later


277 posted on 12/22/2004 9:03:53 AM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King

bttt


278 posted on 12/22/2004 2:10:19 PM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn
Your post escaped into the blogosphere:

How To Make Firefox Faster at devnulled.com.
279 posted on 12/22/2004 5:22:12 PM PST by Mike Fieschko
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To: Mike Fieschko

WOW.......


I was even given credit!


280 posted on 12/22/2004 5:49:21 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Mike Fieschko

PS: I didn't invent those instructions, I just gathered them from the help site. ;-)


281 posted on 12/22/2004 5:50:25 PM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn
PS: I didn't invent those instructions, I just gathered them from the help site. ;-)

They also serve ...

I blogged about this today after musing about an FR model for newspapers.

Faster firefox performance, seen first on FreeRepublic.

Trackbacks to devnulled.com are spreading your work.
282 posted on 12/22/2004 5:56:00 PM PST by Mike Fieschko
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To: Mike Fieschko

Good to see FR getting mentioned along with the instructions too!


283 posted on 12/22/2004 6:05:16 PM PST by KoRn
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To: ShadowAce

Please add me to the firefox hint ping list.


284 posted on 12/22/2004 9:46:05 PM PST by B-Cause (Old news media is going fast - Welcome to the NEW MEDIA!)
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To: KoRn

In the movie, Clint just threw open the thrusters, but it burned way more fuel doing that.


285 posted on 12/22/2004 9:47:22 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: B-Cause
It is done. Welcome aboard.

FYI--this ping list also gets pinged to other technical items that I find interesting as well.

286 posted on 12/23/2004 5:34:29 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: KoRn
Downloading for Dummies? Surely this can be changed.....?

From Firefox site:

Hassle-Free Downloading
Files you download are automatically saved to your Desktop so they're easy to find. Fewer prompts mean files download quicker.

287 posted on 12/23/2004 5:42:13 AM PST by Ready4Freddy (Carpe Sharpei !)
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To: Ready4Freddy

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.


288 posted on 12/23/2004 6:58:54 AM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn

That's why god gave us rt-clk / save as in IE.


289 posted on 12/23/2004 7:30:11 AM PST by Ready4Freddy (Carpe Sharpei !)
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To: KoRn

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'.


290 posted on 12/23/2004 7:33:47 AM PST by Ready4Freddy (Carpe Sharpei !)
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Bookmark


291 posted on 12/23/2004 9:14:09 AM PST by LanPB01
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To: KoRn

Hi, why just broadband? What effect if any will it have if I have cable? thanx


292 posted on 12/23/2004 2:12:20 PM PST by jaco (What about Cable?)
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To: jaco

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.


293 posted on 12/23/2004 2:17:00 PM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn; general_re; Billie
Many thanks -- my FF now flies. If you want to see the difference, revert the settings then load Freeper Billie's Home Page and then time it both ways; there is a marked difference in page loading.

(Hope you don't mind, Billie -- but you have a great page to show this difference.)

294 posted on 12/23/2004 6:13:56 PM PST by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional.)
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To: brityank

That's the kind of page I always had trouble with using FF. Now, like you said, "It flies" w00t!


295 posted on 12/23/2004 6:15:31 PM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn

Ping for later reading...and thanks!


296 posted on 12/23/2004 6:17:23 PM PST by NukeMan
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To: KoRn


Heh, you're the buckhead of Firefox :)

bttt


297 posted on 12/23/2004 6:35:08 PM PST by Malsua
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To: Malsua
"Heh, you're the buckhead of Firefox :)"

LOL

To be put in league with Buckhead for any reason is nice! lol

298 posted on 12/23/2004 6:38:01 PM PST by KoRn
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To: brityank

Do me a favor - flush the cache, set the cache size to 0 and re-run it with and without pipelining enabled.


299 posted on 12/23/2004 6:42:10 PM PST by general_re ("What's plausible to you is unimportant." - D'man)
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To: KoRn
or you can download the "networks tweaks" extension for a GUI method of doing this.
300 posted on 12/23/2004 7:00:54 PM PST by myself6 (Nazi = socialist , democrat=socialist , therefore democrat = Nazi)
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