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!
You a fortunate (that you like dial-up)Many of us got fed up with overloaded servers and being dumped-off while on dial-up. 2 1/2 years now on DSL- never a problem! I have had my actual phone line go dead in a storm, but the DSL stayed up & running.
I found this thread via google. It must be the authority on speeding up firefox. 8^}
It’s tough to make a last second bid on ebay without the tweak. LOL
At one time, whenever one googled Firefox, this thread was linked on the first page of the search results. I'm not sure where it is now. Happy ebaying. lol
Glad to see it still helps folks from time to time. Ironically, I built a new machine last year and neglected to do these config changes. I didn't realize it until you posted to me. LOL!
It makes sense because the pipelining allows for multiple concurrent outstanding blocking requests. Thanks for the info.
Thanks, KoRn; I had done this on my ME a few years back and forgot about if on my new XP — it does speed things up nicely.
Any hints for Safari?
None that I immediately know of. Try googling the settings I posted about with "Safari" as one of the search terms. That would be a place to start anyway.
Yes it certainly does. I believe they have some of the settings enabled by default now.
when I do the following:
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.
I set it to 0, restart Firefox, only to find it has changed it back to 600. Will not keep the user setting.
I just updated FF, and thought of these settings.
I made these adjustments, and they still make a HUGE difference with regard to loading pages faster!
The best advice how to Speed Up Firefox I was find here: http://scforum.info/index.php/topic,3470.0.html
FF browse faster 100%.
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Me too! bttt
Wow! Every time I reinstall, or use a different machine, I forget to do this with Firefox until someone else bumps this thread.
Thanks guys! lol
This time I finally remembered to c/p the instructions to a file in my maintenance folder. Hah!
Thanks for sharing...It’s useful Tips for Increasing the speed of the Firefox...I am using the Firefox Browser ,i am using Firefox Since 2 years...It’s Good and fast to browse the Internet...But i searched for Tips to increase the speed More,I got the Tips in the Forum Post here..It’s useful it helped me to increase the speed..Now my Upload and Download speed is Good,I have checked my speed at here http://www.ip-details.com/internet-speed-test/ it shows Good Uploading and Downloading speed...thanks a lot once again.
I setup a new machine awhile back, and happened to recall writing this thread back in what seems like a millennium ago. For the heck of it, I went into the FF Config, and applied all of the settings mentioned here, and they still do work quite well. I’m a little surprised Firefox doesn’t include these settings/values by ‘out of the box - by default upon install. It’s my understanding that the only folks this isn’t good for is dial-up users, and by now they have to be a slim minority on the net.
After applying the settings Firefox performs much better on the net. It even makes FR seem to run a little faster. :p
Do you know if this will work for sea monkey?
I like sea monkey because of things I need to do related to my business, printing shipping labels among other things it works best for me. It is slow, I type 75wpm+ and it can’t keep up with me. I am desperate to speed it up. I’m not using any installed themes so that isn’t the issue.
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I can’t get this to open. Says it doesn’t exist??
I gave up on Firefox a couple of months ago. The constant releases, breaking plug-ins (the best reason to use Firefox) and slower and slower response times, bloat, etc.
I only use it still on my Linux box, as it performs well there, but my Mac and PCs have gone Safari.
wow.. I just realized how old that post was. never mind. :)
Worked for me, thanks!
My warranty will be voided if I follow your instructions.
Made the changes. Pages now load significantly faster in Firefox.
Thanks. I just made a contribution in your name to “The Human Fund”. :-)
LOL Warranties were meant to be voided!
Tip of the cap. Works like a charm. Thanks!
I got a “this might void your warranty” warning. Now I’m afraid to try it! :(
How come the message I get says “THis may void your WARRANTY?” I have a warranty on Firefox?????
Apparently some other folks have gotten that. I’d ignore it.
Of course, warranty warnings usually encourage me to dig into something further. lol
I got that warranty message too — what warranty?
I am sure we can find several sources that would refund the price of Fox Fire.
I also so found that if you don’t want to post not logging in will also speed up response. I can watch from my iPad and come back to my PC if I want to post.