Mini and Firefox Performance

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Jackintosh, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
    Apologies that this may not be the right forum, but many Mac/Firefox users may not see this otherwise. Wanted to share.

    Ever since getting my new latest generation Mini, I've had a devil of a time with painfully slow loading pages and long waits. Finally fixed all that with some tips and tweaks that everyone might want to consider. All this did wonders for me:

    1) Switch default DNS settings to OpenDNS:

    2) Turn off IPv6 in System Preferences:
    Network, Advanced, TCPIP. Configure: IPv6=off

    3) Disable IPv6 in Firefox:

    4) Tune Firefox:

    1. Type "about:config" into the address bar and hit return. Scroll down and look for the following entries:
    2. Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.
    3. Alter the entries as follows:
    4. Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true" by double-clicking it.
    5. Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to 8 by double-clicking it. This means it will make 8 requests at once. There is no point setting it higher then 8 as it is capped at 8 max. [The default value for this setting is 4]
    6. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.
    7. If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!
  2. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    Then problem I'm having is that sometimes when typing, FF will freeze for a few seconds, and the spinning beachball of hell comes up for a split second and then returns to normal. Sometimes it doesnt.
  3. Jackintosh thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
    Typically beachball means swapping data in/out, meaning not quite enough memory. How much memory do you have?

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