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#1 2004-07-18 16:32:08

Registered: 2004-06-30
Posts: 738

enhance browsing speed - firefox & mozilla

these guidelines are based on mozilla 1.7 and firefox 0.9, but reportedly they also work in earlier versions of each browser. the options differ slightly between firefox and mozilla, so adjust accordingly. i've shown in parantheses which browsers have which options.

to get started, type about:config in the address bar, and press <enter>. then change the following keys as indicated:

1. browser.turbo.enabled - true (FF MOZ)
2. network.http.pipelining - true (FF MOZ)
3. network.http.pipelining.firstrequest - true (FF)
4. network.http.pipelining.maxrequests - 32 (FF MOZ)
5. network.http.proxy.pipelining - true (FF MOZ)
6. nglayout.initialpaint.delay - 0 (FF)

Enabling the pipelining features allows the browser to make multiple requests to the server at the same time. The "maxrequests" is the maximum number of requests it will send at once. I've heard that 8 is the most it will send at once, but setting it higher won't hurt, just in case. The initialpaint.delay is the length of time (in milliseconds) after the server response before the browser begins to paint the page.

with those settings, most people report a noticeable speed boost in rendering pages. YMMV. tongue

have fun! smile


#2 2004-07-18 18:49:31

From: Zürich, Switzerland
Registered: 2003-05-27
Posts: 3,371

Re: enhance browsing speed - firefox & mozilla

the  "browser.turbo.enabled" i didnt know, but pipelining is also in the Preferences of Moz:

Preferences -> Advanced -> HTTP-Networking

i did search about this for short: … 19009.html … 07815.html wrote:

> What about browser.turbo.enabled?

Has to do with what is now called "quicklaunch" (and which doesn't work on
Linux; this pref isn't used anymore.) I learned this from THE FIRST Google
hit, BTW.

and about pipelining for surfing the web read this: … g-faq.html

for computer newbies: nice explanation about pipelining: … ipelining/


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#3 2004-07-18 19:14:35

Registered: 2004-06-30
Posts: 738

Re: enhance browsing speed - firefox & mozilla

excellent, thanks for the links. i didn't know turbo.enabled didn't work in linux. it kind of seemed to, but i guess that was just a "placebo" effect. tongue


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