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Newbie firefox question- why so slow?

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Just got advisedto try firefox, but it seems much slower than IE, got latest version, 1.07. I thought it was supposed to be faster. Is there some settings I need to play with?
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Slower than IE how? If you are talking about load time, then of course IE will be faster since it is integrated into Windows. This also depends on your system specs.

In related news, Opera has been made FREE with NO AD SUPPORT. You may want to give it a try if Firefox doesn't suit you. :smile:
slower as in loading web pages, not the prog it self, just seems to take much longer to load the page up

If you have broadband you can try these tweaks:

Type "about:config" (without the quotes) into the address bar and hit return. You will now see a list of items that you can cutomise. Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining network.http.proxy.pipelining network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally FF 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.

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 (although I believe that FF may not use the full 30)

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 FF waits before it acts on information it recieves.

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Great tweaks, Glaswegian! :sayyes:
That last one has really speeded up page loading times. Do you know what its default setting was before changing to 0? It used to take about 3-5 seconds before anything appeared, now it's almost immediate. It feels even quicker than Opera.
Thanks :cool:
Koala - you're welcome! :smile:

I don't know what the default was - sorry. :4-dontkno
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As noted above,
Opera is free with no ad support now.
I prefer Firefox, but Opera is faster on my PC.

Opera Tips and Tricks

To move Firefox bookmarks into Opera, go to the toolbar.
Bookmarks > Manage Bookmarks.
Then File > Import Netscape/Firefox Bookmarks.
It will name the folder Netscape Bookmarks and will be found at the bottom of the list.
Opera's bookmarks file will be found inside it's profile folder and is called opera6.adr
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