Monday, March 28, 2005

How to speed up Firefox browser

Disclaimer: I haven't tried this yet - am about to - try at your own risk :)

If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages faster with these settings:

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.

1 comment:

Krishna said...

More on http pipelining. [Changing this is an unsupported feature. May cause some websites to misbehave]
http://weblogs.mozillazine.org/asa/archives/007164.html

And setting the max requests to more than 8 wont get you any more any extra benefits.
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/3/12/213345/995