I was angry and frustrated that Firefox once again has slowed down the i-lost-count-this time! Seriously, it’s such a great browser but so full of little problems which really can get annoying as hell!
So I went to google and found 5 easy-to-do tweak with remarkable results! Remarkable, because you truly can see the difference between a standard and a tweaked Firefox. One might wonder why such tweaks are not standard options..
Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Look for the following entries:
- “network.http.pipelining” and set value to true
- “network.http.proxy.pipelining” and set value to true
- “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” and set value to 30-40
- “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set value to 0
- “config.trim_on_minimize” and set value to true
If you don’t have them, create them:
- Right click -> new -> boolean -> type in “network.http.pipelining” -> set value to true
- Right click -> new -> boolean -> type in “network.http.proxy.pipelining” -> set value to true
- Right click -> new -> boolean -> type in “config.trim_on_minimize” -> set value to true
- Right click -> new -> integer -> type in “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” -> set value to 30 (default is 1)
- Right click -> new -> integer -> type in “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” -> set value to 0
Now the explanation as to what does what:
network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining:
It enables pipe-lining, which means the browser normally sends 1 request at a time, with pipeline enabled it will send the amount of request you set in “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests”!
Like I said Firefox usually sends 1 request at any time. By setting a different value than 1, you force Firefox to send more requests thus enabling it to load faster, because he gets more responses at any time.
Each time you minimize your Firefox it will clear the RAM. Firefox is infamous of wasting RAM for Pages you don’t need so you can go “back” to them.
If this value doesn’t exist or isn’t set Firefox waits 250 milliseconds, or 0.25 of a second then starts rendering the requested page(s). People report that setting it to 0, ergo forcing Firefox to begin rendering immediately causes almost all pages to show up faster.
If you are one of the lazy lot, and don’t want to manually tweak your Firefox, here’s a great Extension with virtually the same effect
Enjoy your new, faster Firefox!