Speed up firefox

With the kind of internet connections we have now, web pages load almost in the blink of an eye. But still, a few tweaks can help you make your firefox a tad bit faster.

I tried this on a 2mbps broadband connection. I don’t think this will work on anything slower.

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!

But if your browser is still sluggish, then you’ll have to consider the condition of your operating system. Either you have too many stuff running in the background (if you are using a windows OS), or you need more RAM. If the former is the case, uninstalling unwanted applications can help. Even though a browser necessarily ‘downloads’ pages from the web, displaying it on screen requires free RAM. So, if you can at least turn off some of it while you are browsing, you’ll experience better speed. If you are the tech savvy type, or maybe willing to learn, press ctrl+alt+del and switch to the processes tab. End all the processes u don;t need. This needs some getting used to but try experimenting stuff. The worst u can do if you end a process is shut down your computer accidentally :)

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