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#1 suerkent


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Posted 22 August 2009 - 07:54 AM

I'm a newbie
running windows xp home edition version 2002 service pack 3
I use mozilla firefox to search, but lately it is extremely slow.
In searching online...I've seen people suggesting going to about:config and changing false to true in a couple place (pipelining) and changing max request to a higher number 30....I've tried these (probably foolishly) and they haven't helped. When I search with IE, everything is speedy, but normally I have searched with MF, and I don't know the first thing about cookies, etc.. so I am totally at YOUR mercy. I would appreciate any help. I am so glad I finally found your forum, where I can get some reliable help, hopefully in words an idiot can comprehend.
Again thanks for your help, and I apologize for my ignorance, in advance.

Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 Maurice Naggar

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 08:27 AM

Hello and welcome to BC forums.

What is the Firefox version? When in Firefox, from menu, select Help then About.
Tell me what version number it shows. The current version is 3.5.2

See the following article about clearing cache & temporary files:
Clearing cache (temp files) & private data

Cookies are handy in conjunction with remembering some things, for example your favorite sites login & help a bit with making the next login easier. However, cookies are also used for ad-related things from advertisers. Cookies are not harmful. See this article http://www.ufaq.org/navcom/lyncookie.html
While it is a bit dated and refers to Netscape, take that to mean any internet browser.

The following will clear all temp files as well as cookies (if you do the Select All or checkmark the Cookies line.

Next, Take out the trash (temporary files & temporary internet files)
Please download ATF Cleaner by Atribune, saving it to your desktop. It is used to cleanout temporary files & temp areas used by internet browsers.

This will take care of both Internet Explorer and FireFox and Opera (if you have it).

Close/exit Firefox and also Internet Explorer, then ....

Start ATF-Cleaner.exe to run the program.

Under Main choose: Select All

Click the Empty Selected button.

If you use Firefox browser, do this also:
Click Firefox at the top and choose: Select All

Click the Empty Selected button.

NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.

If you use Opera browser, do this also:
Click Opera at the top and choose: Select All

Click the Empty Selected button.

NOTE: If you would like to keep your saved passwords, please click No at the prompt.

Click Exit on the Main menu to close the program.
ATF-Cleaner should be run per the above in every user-login account {User Profile}
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 08:36 AM

Open Firefox and type about:config into the address bar and press enter. Click on I'll be careful I promise. In the filter field type network.http

Look up these values, and change their value to as shown :

Change network.http.pipelining to true
Change network.http.proxy.pipelining to true
Change network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to 30

#4 suerkent

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 08:48 AM

Romeo, I have already done as you suggested, still sloooooooow
maurice.......my MF is ver s.5.2
and thanks for the info,, I am trying as we speak.
thanks again

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Posted 22 August 2009 - 09:29 AM

You could install Extension List Dumper and list which plugins and add-on you have https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3746

network.http.pipelining.maxrequests has a max of 8 since many years :thumbsup:

You can make a new profile http://kb.mozillazine.org/Creating_a_new_F...file_on_Windows if all is fine you know old is broken somehow. If not there could be problem with plugins.

Firefox can be like Windows sometimes http://kb.mozillazine.org/Category:Issues_%28Firefox%29 so new profile feature can be easiest solution. In your start menu you will see a Safe-mode entry. Shut down normal Firefox, does safe-mode work without slowdowns?

Dont know that clean-up tool but you could use the one build in Firefox, press Ctrl-Shift-Del and select away.

Edited by Bambo, 22 August 2009 - 09:32 AM.

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Posted 23 August 2009 - 02:57 PM

Thanks to You ALL ! I am impressed with all your knowledge and have tried almost everything you all have
suggested (within my capability) and I believe Mozilla is running somewhat faster now.
Again, thanks to all who helped out,
You folks ROCK !

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