Firefox Uber-slow While Using "Better Battery Life'

zflauaus

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I love Firefox. It does everything I need and I love the extensions in it. One thing I don't like: how slow it is while on "Better Battery Life."

I can rarely have more than one tab open and have it snap smoothly. If I set it on "Normal" while using the battery, then it works fine. There are only about 5 extentions running (FasterFox, Adblock, Adblock Updater, ForecastFox, DOM Inspector).

Is Firefox just a huge performance hog or are the extentions taking a toll on it?
 

clevin

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Aug 6, 2006
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if your firefox runs fine with normal battery setting, and runs crappy with "Better Battery Life.", the problem have to be system related.

Although its beyond my imagination why would there be any difference simply caused by battery settings.
 

zflauaus

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I was wondering if it was my computer. I have been thinking of reinstalling OS X because it seems like it's been slowing down, even when I ran the OnyX scripts and whatnot. Guess another reason to add to the list.
 

clevin

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Aug 6, 2006
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I bought my MB during OSX 10.4.7 time, and each patch from apple makes it a little bit slower. Now my Adium won't quit until I force it. and beachball shows up more frequently even with 2G RAM, :eek:

But I have too much data on disk, can't do re-install for now. maybe later..
 

kick52

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afaik, "Better battery life" switches the CPU to a lower level of performance. (At least thats what happens on my iBook)

So it could be that.
 

clevin

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Aug 6, 2006
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afaik, "Better battery life" switches the CPU to a lower level of performance. (At least thats what happens on my iBook)

So it could be that.
OSX's CPU always works at variable frequency, not max most of the time, I highly doubt that is the reason.