Tweaks to Speed Up the Portable FireFox Browser

Posted August 8, 2006 by Rob Rogers in Windows networking

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Mozilla FireFox, Portable Edition is intended for use on portable media such as a USB flash drive, but it can also be used on any hard disk drive. The browser can run quite slow, but there are hacks/tweaks to make it run faster. This tutorial explains them.

First, we need to eliminate the amount of RAM Firefox uses for its cache feature.
Here is how to fix it:
1. Type about:config in the browser address bar.
2. Find browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer.
3. Set its value to 0.

Increase the Speed in which FireFox loads pages
1. Stay in about:config.
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 such as 30 (This might annoy some website owners as it will request the page 30 times.)
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.

Reduce RAM usage to 10MB when FireFox is minimized
This little about:config hack will drop the RAM usage down to 10 MB when FireFox is minimized
1. Open Firefox and go to the Address Bar. Type in about:config and then press Enter.
2. Right-click in the page, and select New -> Boolean.
3. In the box that pops up, enter config.trim_on_minimize. Press Enter.
4. Now, select True, and then press Enter.
5. Restart FireFox.


About Rob Rogers

Once a prolific author here on Tech-Recipes, Rob has moved on to greener pastures.
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