geeky · pc tips

speed up firefox

saw this on my board and i tried it out. you can really tell a difference in the loading speed of firefox! not sure what the drawback is. if you do, please share.

1.Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:


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 receives.

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15 thoughts on “speed up firefox

  1. I’ll have to give this a try… ff is really slow on my computer. well actually, my computer is just really slow in general :dead:

  2. I made the change, but I think ‘pipeline’ means doing thing one by one, you can image a pipeline in car factory, in contrast to ‘parallel’. Am I right?

  3. I remember seeing this on some board a few months ago and there was a really long discussion. I don’t really remember how it went, except the gist of it was pretty much this– Good for the user, bad for the servers of whoever’s site it is your visiting.

  4. Hehe, I remember posting about that on DMB once. πŸ˜€ That was a long time ago though, so it isn’t on the current DMB post archives anymore, I think. It really does work, and hasn’t caused any harm to my Firefox. πŸ™‚

  5. I wish IE had an equivalent. 😦 Unfortunately, my mom won’t let me download any other browsers on this laptop, since it’s actually her company’s property.

  6. Thanks for the info, already done it and seems to be working faster. I love the design of this site, good work

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