View Full Version : Firefox users try this it really works!

05-15-2009, 03:12 PM
I found this on another forum and tried it, it really works! The following is the instructions.

1.Type about:config into the address bar of Firefox and hit return. You will get a warning just select ok, Scroll down and look for the following entries:


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. Right click on the entries and select toggle.

2. Alter the entries as follows:

Set network.http.pipelining to true

Set network.http.proxy.pipelining to true

Set network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to some number like 30. This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set its value to 0 (zero). This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

If you're using a broadband connection you'll load pages MUCH faster now!

You have to close your browser after you make the changes. When you start it back up they will be in effect.

05-15-2009, 10:35 PM
...misspost... please remove.

05-15-2009, 10:36 PM
STOP!!!!!! Remove this thread now!

I made the entries and when I restarted Firefox my daughter's boy friend and our aquarium disappeared into a hovering ball of plasma before I could exit the browser.

I'm sure going to miss those fish!

05-16-2009, 12:33 PM
That really makes a big difference!

Thanks :thumbsup:

05-16-2009, 12:52 PM
This article here explains that FireFox has a limit of 8 requests, so 30 doesn't do anything. And that nglayout.initialpaint.delay could possibly slow things down, or otherwise really doesn't speed things up besides displaying the unfinished page sooner.


I'll give it a try. But sounds like a page has to support it, and hopefully no odd side effects.

Hmm, this trick causes Firefox to not load the homepage when opening, and the bookmarks are blank now. Also not updating URL bar with new links even after I undo these changes. No new bookmarks can be added.

EDIT: Seems FireFox was glitching, leaving it running even after I quit the program and reopened it, it never actually quit. I forced quit it in processes, not applications, and now it's working again, will try the trick one more time.

05-18-2009, 11:40 AM
I've been running three different PCs with this adjustment on firefox and have had no issues at all with any pages or bookmarks.

05-18-2009, 12:25 PM
No issues here, difficult to tell if it speeded anything up, as my 20 meg broadband is pretty fast.

05-18-2009, 12:33 PM
Works here, seems faster to me.

05-18-2009, 12:48 PM
Does this sort of thing put any undue strain on a server? If a page is loading slow, doesn't that usually mean the server is either too busy, or having problems? Or just slow, period? Wouldn't hitting them up with multiple page requests be a burden they could do without?

Just wondering. I don't want to piss off server jockeys the world over. :)