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Is Firefox running slow? I may have a fix...

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by trickblue, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I have been a Firefox Fanboy for quite some time, but the new version was frustratingly slow.

    After a little research I found this little fix on the interwebs and it greatly improved my performance...

    The connection "network.http.keep-alive" in "about:config" is set to "true". When I changed it to false, the browser sped up at least 10x. It loaded the page instantly...

    The problem is that if you don't have access to the sending application that is the problem, there is nothing you can do to fix that locally...

    Now, if you don’t have access to the app that’s sending you web pages (and most of us don't), try this:

    Open a Firefox browser and type in "about:config" (without quotes of course) in the address bar.

    In the "Filter:" bar, copy/past or type in "network.http.keep-alive" (without quotes of course). When the results appear, double-click "network.http.keep-alive" in the list to change the value to "false".

    Now open a new browser and check it out...

    I was amazed at the difference. You can always go back and change the value back to "true" if need be...
  2. mldardy

    mldardy Well-Known Member

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    I will try this win I get home.
  3. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    From what I see so far, uh, WOW!

    I'll let you know how it's been after the rest of the afternoon on it.
  4. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    WOWZA! That is insane!

    Thanks a ton!
  5. Alumni2k11

    Alumni2k11 Old Dominion University (Class of 2011)

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    I started using Google Chrome about a month ago, it seems nice and simple imo.
  6. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    I also used that for a couple months, it worked really well right away but then it started freezing on me a lot and would shut down automatically, pretty annoying. So then I went back to FF.
  7. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    That's a problem I have with FF. Usually once a day it randomly crashes, usually when I have several tabs open and a process working in a few at the same time.

    It hasn't happened since this latest build, so I'm hoping they worked out whatever bug it was.
  8. Alumni2k11

    Alumni2k11 Old Dominion University (Class of 2011)

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    Hopefully Google wont do that to me, even though when it comes to computers.....if the problem is possible, its bound to happen to me a million times.
  9. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    From what I see in the task manager, FF uses almost 4x the amount of memory Chrome does. My FF uses around 96,000 K of memory while Chrome uses around 26,000 K, and the same goes with IE. This is all with only one tab open.

    Then when I have 3 tabs open FF goes all the way up to around 112,000 K. Around 4,000 K per tab.
  10. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    WOW, what a difference. Thanks trick.
  11. dougonthebench

    dougonthebench Cowboys Forever

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    I use a Mac and FF,and dont have any speed issues at all.Not since my last Java update.
  12. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    The funny thing is, network.http.keep-alive being on (true) is *supposed* to speed things up due to not having to recreate the socket for each request. It literally *keeps the socket alive* for reuse, since the building up and breaking down of network sockets takes resources. (ie time and CPU cycles)
  13. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    Thanks for the tip, Ive tried several other fixes that were suppose to speed up Firefox, most of which slowed it down to a crawl.
  14. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Porns sites do that. :laugh2:
  15. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    And much faster than Firefox.
  16. kmp77

    kmp77 Active Member

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    I'm an Opera guy myself. Use firefox on occasion. I avoid IE like the plauge covered in aids, drenched in smallpox.
  17. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    While at work I have two monitors and use Opera and Firefox simultaneously. (one on each monitor)
  18. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Tell me about it, errrr, I mean, you're kidding, right?? :D
  19. Hostile

    Hostile Peace Zone Supporter

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    This does move a lot faster. It gave me a warning that it might void my warranty. Is there any need to fear that?
  20. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Kind of a joke...

    No warranty on a free product... ;)

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