Make Firefox 3 Even Faster

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Firefox 3 as we all know is now super quick at loading pages. But there is always room ofr improvement and best of all since Firefox is open source software there is a lot of ways that you can mod the app.

1. Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit enter. You will get a warning about changing settings but we are not doing anything too radical so it is OK. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

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 8. This means it will make 8 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.

39 thoughts on “Make Firefox 3 Even Faster

  1. Don’t blindly follow this if you don’t know what it means. Default settings are like they are for a reason.

    For a slow connection, more concurrent requests usually causes more timeouts.

  2. network.http.pipelining.maxrequests has a limit of 8, anything higher and it is ignored.

    nglayout.initialpaint.delay set to zero will slow down overall page loading, set it to default 250.

  3. We are definitely confused – Whether FireTune is good or bad (and I have seen many FiFox addons that work well, but *why* would anyone want 234 separate search engines and news groups querried every time one starts up for new Elvis sightings?) WHY isn’t it listed and both corporate and community rated in the “find new add-ons for …” pages. Yeh, I realize it isn’t exactly an add-on, but it is a GnuRules-writ program of some repute, exactly how good or bad, I just don’t know because …

  4. if u have to refresh every page more than 2-3 times, to get the full page loaded, than know that these settings are the culprit… Than reset the settings to default through firefox’s safemode…

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