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How To Speed Up Firefox (Helpful Vanity)

Posted on 12/12/2004 12:45:50 PM PST by KoRn

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To: KoRn

I still prefer IE over Firefox. The main reason is adjusting text size on web pages. I am on the computer all day for work and visit many web sites. It is much less cumbersome to use IE. With IE you can put the "Size" button on your toolbar, click on it and hit "larger". With Firefox, you have to click "View", then "Text Size", then "Increase" and and then repeat all those steps AGAIN if you want to go to a even larger text size. What a hassle! The extension doesn't work with the 1.0 version.


241 posted on 12/17/2004 8:30:41 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
Changing text size can be done easier:

Push the keys CNTL+ to increase text size and CNTL- to decrease size. I believe this works on both browsers.

242 posted on 12/17/2004 8:33:02 AM PST by Hang'emAll (WE WILL NOT DISARM!!!)
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To: Hang'emAll

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!


243 posted on 12/17/2004 8:35:03 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: DaGman
One question... has a fix come out for the slowness of Firefox and Mozilla when you restore them from being minimized?

I found this answer on another forum. I have at least a GB of ram in every machine I use and they're all recent so I never noticed this minimize problem. Maybe this will help you.

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By default, when you minimize Firefox, it gives back to Windows most of the RAM the browser was using. It sometimes can take several seconds for the browser window to become fully loaded when you restore the window to its original size. This is one of those "version 1.0" things, in my opinion, that will become more streamlined in future bump revs of the program.

Fortunately, there's a hidden setting that can accomplish the restoration of Firefox windows much more quickly:

Step 1. Use about:config to create a new, Boolean value. Type or paste the following string into the dialog box that appears:

config.trim_on_minimize

Step 2. Click OK to close the dialog box. Change the value from "true" to "false" and restart Firefox.

This doesn't piggishly retain all of the RAM that Firefox has claimed. If Windows needs more RAM to devote to another application, Windows can take it. What the setting does is prevent Firefox from giving up most of its RAM until the memory is actually required elsewhere.

Setting this item to "false" may noticeably slow down other applications while Firefox is minimized, if your PC has less than 256 MB of RAM. If so, change the setting back to "true."

244 posted on 12/17/2004 4:47:35 PM PST by Malsua
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To: All

Bumperzzz for all of the Firefox interest today!


245 posted on 12/18/2004 11:11:01 AM PST by KoRn
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To: general_re

I'm using Comcast with IE; I clicked on your Google link and it took 3.5 seconds.


246 posted on 12/18/2004 11:44:31 AM PST by Old Professer (The accidental trumps the purposeful in every endeavor attended by the incompetent.)
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To: Old Professer

Your cable connection is probably slightly faster than my DSL - for me, it took 4.2 seconds in IE, versus 4.4 in Firefox. With pipelining disabled in FF, that is, and IE doesn't implement http pipelining anyway. Enabling pipelining in FF caused that same page to take 13.9 seconds to load here, a fairly significant slowdown.


247 posted on 12/18/2004 11:56:06 AM PST by general_re ("What's plausible to you is unimportant." - D'man)
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To: general_re
You had to set something wrong. I'm on T1 speed DSL, and I've never had a page to load that slow. Recheck what you did just to be sure. Something is definitely wrong.

The changes I listed made mine, and many other FReeper's Firefox from noticeably to allot faster. Check over everything and report back, something is wrong somewhere.
248 posted on 12/18/2004 3:13:39 PM PST by KoRn
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To: KoRn
That's the point - it shouldn't load that slow, and if pipelining is disabled, it doesn't load that slow. Enabling pipelining is what slows it down. Don't take my word for it, though - try it for yourself. Just make sure you follow the steps above, so you don't hit your local cache.
249 posted on 12/18/2004 3:17:29 PM PST by general_re ("What's plausible to you is unimportant." - D'man)
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To: general_re

Send me the URL to the site you are trying this one. Some sites don't support it. I'll check it out.


250 posted on 12/18/2004 3:21:58 PM PST by KoRn
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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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