firefox feels really slow

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  1. gelatin macrumors 6502

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    recently when im on a site and rollover it takes like a second for it to change to the hand cursor and when i click a link ittakes like a second to respond to me clicking during the second the beach ball comes up for a moment then it loads,its almost as if its lagging
    this only happens sometimes
    any idea why its doing this?

    hmm a while after ive posted that and its sped up again
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    It sounds as though you're short on memory and it's dipping into the hard drive.

    Use Activity Monitor to check what's happening.
     
  3. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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    What model Mac are you having this problem on? How much RAM does it have?
     
  4. gelatin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ive just upgraded to 1.25gb of memory on my ibook g4
    im in activity monitor,what am i supposed to be looking out for?
     
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  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Use the System Memory tab so that it looks similar to what I've attached. When Free is really low, the VM system has to shuffle things from RAM to disk and vice versa. My system is really low on free memory but it's still moving well. My Bon Echo is a nightly build of Firefox, so you should be able to make comparisons.

    For what reason? When you're low on free memory, you're low on free memory, regardless of the browser you're using and applications lag as the VM system dips into the hard drive.
     

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  7. gelatin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for that,ive had a look and i still have about 550mb free so it seems alright
     
  8. gelatin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    feels slow again tonite so i checked the monitor and its gone down to 211mb free wtf??
     
  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Regardless, Firefox & the Mozillas do consistently benchmark slower than Safari & the WebKits.
     
  10. keithbennis macrumors regular

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    I'm using the BonEcho optimized for Intel. Been runnin' great lately....
     
  11. pianoman macrumors 68000

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    Safari, at least on my machine, uses less memory than Firefox.
     
  12. captoats85 macrumors member

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    I love FF on Windows, but it's by far my second choice on OSX. Just kind of clunky and un-Mac-like. There's also Camino, but that has more problems than Firefox... slow scrolling, bad Flip4Mac problems etc. Maybe 1.1 helps Camino's cause.

    You could also try downloading the extension FASTERFOX for FF 2.0.
     
  13. gelatin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    already got fasterfox,its sped up again but i never know when or why it slows down
     
  14. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I used Fasterfox for a long time and it didn't really help much. Adblock is a better solution, at least, for me. Cutting out advertisements often speeds up the load time on a page.

    It's just a guess, but you're on an Intel-based Mac, right?
     
  15. gelatin thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i also already have adblock
    i dont think i am on intel mac i have an ibook g4
     
  16. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Nope, that's not an Intel Mac.
     

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