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Hey all, In this, My 2nd FAQ Im going to be talking about Speeding up Firefox using FasterFox and various other methods.

Note: This will only work with Broadband or Cable Users - DONT TRY IF YOU USE DIAL UP!

First of you will Mozilla Firefox. Here

FasterFox Tweaks


Once that is installed Firefox You will need the "Faster Fox" tweaking program Here

Click on "Install Fasterfox 1.0.3" and You Will get this extention dialog



After the Download timer is finished click on Install now button and the extention will automaticly download and install. You will need to restart all firefox windows before you use FasterFox.

Note - If for any reason the extention diaog doesnt appear, Try adding fasterfox.mozdev.org to you "Allowed Sites" > Tools > Options > Content > Allowed Sites.
If that still doesn't work then you can try the other method Which I Will talk about later In this Guide.

Now let the tweaking begin.

To open the Fasterfox Options panel - Tools > Extentions > Fasterfox > Options


You can Play around with the various Default - Turbo Charged options and see what is best for you.

But For the best customisation you will want to select the "Custom" Tab - As soon as you do this, You will see 5 extra Tabs appear.

So what do all these tabs do you ask?

I will now enlighten you

FasterFox Tabs

Fasterfox
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Enable enhanced Prefetching - "Prefetching" is the silent loading of links in the background before you click them. This speeds up browsing because in many cases, by the time you click a link it is already cached on your machine and there is zero load time needed.

Enable Page Load Timer - Adds a Page Load timer in the corner of Firefox so you can monitor your tweaking.

Cache -

Browser Cache Capacity - I leave this at default as I didnt see any increase in speed.

DNS Cache Expiration - Also I leave this at default as I didnt see any increase in speed.

Connection -

I currently have the Settings as -

Max Connections -24
Max Connections Per Server - 10
Max Persistent Connections Per Server - 4
Max Persistent Connections Per Proxy - 4

As With most of these options - Just experiment with the options - Everyone has different needs

Pipelining -

Aaaaaah Pipelining, Sounds cool dont it!

Pipelining is basicly Increasing the maximum amount of connections the browser makes with web site. 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.

Tick

Pipelining
Enable Pipeling of First Request(For Maximum Performence)
Enable Proxy Pipeling

[b]Max Pipelining Requests[b] - This is the most important part of the speed increase.

Depending on the situation you may want to set it to anywhere beween 10 - 30 I have it at 25 and find that perfect.

Popup -

Disable Popups From Plugins - Just as it sounds

Press OK and Restart Firefox - I Promise you will notice a change.


Note - If anything goes wrong just set it to default and start again



Using about:Config

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

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 between 10-30.

Right-click anywhere and select New > Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0".


And thats you done. Thanks For Checking out my FAQ
    
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Nice FAQ! Helped me alot. That FasterFox is brilliant
    
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Nice FAQ
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cool thats really helped me.
    
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Edit - Cleaned it up + formatted a bit
    
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Might want to add the stuff for the Rendering Tab as well..=)

Good FAQ.

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I would add stuff for the rendering but It doesnt have any affect of speed at all IMO
    
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