2 January 2005 in Tools | Comments enabled

I’ve been playing around with Firefox for a while now (I remember trying it when it first came out because mozilla felt bloated) and this morning discovered online a really great tweak to speed it up for broadband users.

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 receives.

If you’re using a broadband connection you’ll load pages MUCH faster now!

I’ve noticed that pages seem considerably more responsive now. Also, the text on the status bar at the bottom goes nuts (changes often) which always makes me feel like my browser is being more responsive.

- JD

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David Givoni says 9 December 2005 @ 03:11

It’s true, works for me as well, great tip. I never played with those settings before, but what a huge amount there is… :)


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