Customizing Firefox to work faster in netbooks

by Ross McKillop on December 6, 2008

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Mozilla Firefox is the fastest growing web browser and there are a whole lot of reasons for this. Developers have created a huge number of plug-ins and add-ons allowing for virtually any online activity to be done effortlessly. In this simple tutorial, we will show you how to customize Firefox to work faster in netbooks.

  1. Type in about:config in the address bar of Mozilla Firefox.
  2. about:config in firefox

  3. In the filter bar which pops up under the address bar, type the following commands to enable a technique called pipelining. This is a method by which Firefox, instead of making one request at a time to a webpage, makes several requests simultaneously, thus increasing the web browsing speed.
  4. Search for network.http.pipelining and change its value to true, then search for network.http.proxy.pipelining and change its value to true. Finally, search for network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and change its value to 15.
  5. Now right click inside the browser window and select New –> Integer
  6. Name this new file as nglayout.initialpaint.delay and put the value as 0.
  • L

    Hi.. this is a great tip, but does it any way compromise the security of your web browsing or compromise the security of anything else on your computer? Thanks.

  • http://geekkabob.com Kevin Jacoby

    Interesting post… I’ll give it a try. But like the user above me does it compromise security?

  • http://www.beyondmegapixels.com Tips Photo

    Thanks for the great tip. I will have to try it to see if it works.

  • http://bastiano.etsy.com Sebastian

    I repeat the same question from the comment {1} + [2].

  • b. dub

    i tried it and it seems to make it like crazy fast i will say more later about the security issue. i havent come accross anything as of late