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Quick Mods To Speed Up Firefox

By • May 11th, 2007 • Category: Tech Weenie

I ran across these mods somewhere at lifehack.org and wrote them down in my notebook. Since I typed them out to email to someone, I figured I might as well post them here as well for easy reference.

Every web page you load is made up of multiple items; images, html markup, javascript, etc. Firefox is configured by default to load these items one at a time (ideal for a dialup connection). If you have a broadband internet connection (cable, DSL, etc.) something called pipelining is your new best friend. Modifying the pipelining settings in Firefox lets you load multiple items simultaneously rather than one at a time.

Changing the settings is quick and simple.
Type “about:config” into the address bar and press return. Type “network.http” in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to change them):

  1. Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”
  2. Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”
  3. Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.
  4. Also, right-click anywhere in the browser window and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″. (This value sets the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.)


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