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[GUIDE] Speeding up your firefox

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Increase the Speed in Which Firefox loads pages

This guide is based on:
(source: http://gnoted.com/3-hacks-for-firefox-double-internet-browsing-speed/)

************BUT:
dont do the browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer stuff. It's useless and actually slows down performance since most computers have plenty of RAM

1. Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit Enter.
(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 10.

This means it will make 10 requests at once.

3. Lastly, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0“;.(Zero)

This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives. If you’re using a broadband connection you’ll load pages faster now.
Optionally (for even faster web browsing) here are some more options for your about:config (you might have to create some of these entries by Right Click –> New– > Interger or String

network.dns.disableIPv6: set “false”
content.notify.backoffcount”: set “5“; (Five)
plugin.expose_full_path”: set “true”.
ui.submenuDelay”: set “0; (zero)

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Here's a little trick i use:
If you have plenty of memory (like 1.5 GB RAM or more) Try the following to maximize RAM cache (which is faster than hard disk cache anyways)

create/edit an integer called browser.cacheinvalid-wordmory.capacity and set it to like 131072 (128 MB)
Use a lower value if you dont have alot of memory.

Works great on a laptop with 3 GB RAM, dual core processor.

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Wow! That works amazingly well! Thanks!

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Wow! That's crazy. My internet provider is pretty sucky so I spend loads of time waiting waiting waiting some more o_0 I changed up the codes as you suggested...it makes a huge difference. Thank you so very much!!!

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Yep tongue Quite nifty huh? I've always admired Opera's ability to start "instantly drawing" the page before it even finishes loading. So did a little research to see if firefox was capable of it as well and voila.

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Thanks mean tree! Very werid though..I copied & pasted the link to the address bar and a Firefox warning came up saying I had to promise to be careful and not void the warranty. I don't really know what it meant by this since i'm just changing some links around and such. but thank you happy

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lol
Wow, I visited my 'Books Read', which usually takes a minute to load, very nice happy

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I know another way to make things faster. Go to start->control panel->perfomance and maintenance->rearrange items on hard disk (defrag) and click analyze. When it comes up with that screen that has red green and blue places keep defragging until the red is gone. Most people don't know that you need to defragment more than one time to get it completely done. Then when your done turn your computer on and off and do it again because your computer re-organizes some of your files then you should be done happy

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Amazing! oh This is the first ever hack that works! LOL.

And alright, Google Chrome will be trashed. lol Im doing this for both Firefox and Flock.

EDIT: Well, that's weird. I cant do it for Flock hehe. When I change the maxrequests to 10, it gives me the Blue Screen of Death for two times now tongue So probably not gonna do it.
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Ok mine doesn't like the pipelining for some reason, it was slow to load tongue everything else is good though, without the pipelining, it seems to be faster

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<3

Everything loads MUCH faster now, with just the first three tricks.

EDIT: Can you sticky this? I would print out this info, but I don't have a printer, and I'm too lazy to write it out right now, xD
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I knew about the first 3 but not the others..

Thanks will give em a go

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