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I finally broke down and installed FF 4 on one of my machines. I have been dreading doing so because it does not support my most loved add-on Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar. I am certain there are a ton of my other incompatible add-ons that I use on some of my other machines but that one is the one I have gotten used to in a big way.

Now I really regret installing because I see absolutely no difference in speed. Pages took about 1 - 2 seconds to load before and they still do. Has anybody else noticed any difference? I thought that maybe I would see some faster speeds on some media heavy pages but they still don't have any instant snap to them like everything else on my computer does. I have 30/6 Comcast cable internet so I know my connection speed is not the problem.

Was this supposed to be more of a "functionality" type update than a speed update?

If I have a lot of problems transitioning to FF4, then I think I may finally have to take the leap to Chrome.
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I finally broke down and installed FF 4 on one of my machines. I have been dreading doing so because it does not support my most loved add-on Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar. I am certain there are a ton of my other incompatible add-ons that I use on some of my other machines but that one is the one I have gotten used to in a big way.

Now I really regret installing because I see absolutely no difference in speed. Pages took about 1 - 2 seconds to load before and they still do. Has anybody else noticed any difference? I thought that maybe I would see some faster speeds on some media heavy pages but they still don't have any instant snap to them like everything else on my computer does. I have 30/6 Comcast cable internet so I know my connection speed is not the problem.

Was this supposed to be more of a "functionality" type update than a speed update?

If I have a lot of problems transitioning to FF4, then I think I may finally have to take the leap to Chrome.
Regarding the difference in speed: it's more of a Your Mileage May Vary thing.

Regarding incompatible add-ons: it's possible to disable Add-on Compatibility Checking. Here's how:
  1. Open about:config
  2. Right-click somewhere over the entries in about:config, and choose New > Boolean
  3. Name this new Boolean value extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0 (the "4.0" must always match the version of Firefox you have. So if you were to have version 4.0.1, then this would need to be "4.0.1" instead)
  4. Click OK
  5. Set its value to false
  6. Click OK

Now you can install any version of any add-on you want.


Note:
for every incompatible add-on you install, disable automatic updates for them immediately after installing them!

Here's how:
  1. Open the Add-on Manager (there's a keyboard shortcut now: Ctrl+Shift+A)
  2. Click "More" on the incompatible add-on (alternatively: just double-click it, or you can right-click it and choose "Show More Information")
  3. Change the Automatic Updates setting from Default to Off as shown below:




That's all there is to it. I mean, once you change that setting, it's set; there's nothing that needs to be done to save your setting because it's all done in real-time. So you can have different update settings for each individual add-on!
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I forgot about disabling the add-on checking. I did it with the Extra Buttons add-on when I was checking out the FF4 beta and it worked.

Thanks bro. TC saves the day again! I hope that most of them are compatible by the time I switch for good, but I'm sure I can get enough of them to work to keep me in the Firefox camp. I really love Google but I despise Chrome.
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Originally Posted by PhillyOverclocker View Post
I forgot about disabling the add-on checking. I did it with the Extra Buttons add-on when I was checking out the FF4 beta and it worked.

Thanks bro. TC saves the day again! I hope that most of them are compatible by the time I switch for good, but I'm sure I can get enough of them to work to keep me in the Firefox camp.
Well, they should be 100% compatible once compatibility checking is disabled. I'm not the best example, but I'm using Personal Menu 4.3.2 because I don't like the version for 4.0 (Personal Menu 5.0 and 5.0.1).

Anyway, you're welcome!
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