Following on from my previous article, Firefox 3 Easter Eggs, I have discovered that broadband users can get a significant speed increase from Firefox just by changing a couple of settings. Firefox is distributed with settings that will work with any machine or setup, but really anyone with a half-decent connection can make these changes and get a great speed increase, and here’s how you do it!
Inside the address bar type:
and then find:
and set them both to “true”. This adjusts the pipelining settings. Then find
and set it to 8, though you should feel free to play with this number a little and tweak it as you see fit - the article http://kb.mozillazine.org/Network.http.pipelining.maxrequests suggests that 8 is easily sufficient.
Finally, right-click on any setting and select ‘new’ and then ‘integer’. Set the name to “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” (you might want to copy & paste it) and set the value to “0” (zero). This removes the render delay.
And hey presto you should notice a significant speed increase from a simple optimization!
ps. You may be interested in a related article: Firefox 3 Easter Eggs (fun hidden messages in firefox 3).