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Firefox is flickering and dead slow after the firefox 33.0.2 update. how to rectify it?

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Firefox is flickering and is very very slow. even the typing is dead slow. Js intensive pages are completely slow and flickering. It all happened after updating it to firefox 33.0.2. how to rectify it?

Firefox is flickering and is very very slow. even the typing is dead slow. Js intensive pages are completely slow and flickering. It all happened after updating it to firefox 33.0.2. how to rectify it?

Chosen solution

Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web link} While you are in safe mode;

Type about:preferences<Enter> in the address bar

Select Advanced > General. Look for and turn off Use Hardware Acceleration.

Poke around safe web sites. Are there any problems?

Then restart.

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Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Next Generation Java Plug-in 10.71.2 for Mozilla browsers
  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
  • Google Update
  • Shockwave Flash 15.0 r0
  • Version 5.38.5.0
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.12
  • 5.1.30514.0
  • A plugin to detect whether the Adobe Extension Manager is installed on this machine.
  • GEPlugin
  • A plugin to detect whether the Adobe Application Manager is installed on this machine.
  • VLC media player Web Plugin 2.0.2
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • NVIDIA 3D Vision Streaming plugin for Mozilla browsers
  • NPWLPG

Application

  • Firefox 33.0.2
  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:33.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/33.0
  • Support URL: https://support.mozilla.org/1/firefox/33.0.2/WINNT/en-US/

Extensions

  • Troubleshooter 1.1a (troubleshooter@mozilla.org)
  • HP Smart Web Printing 4.60 (smartwebprinting@hp.com) (Inactive)
  • McAfee Security Scan Plus 1.0 ({e4f94d1e-2f53-401e-8885-681602c0ddd8}) (Inactive)
  • Norton Identity Safe Toolbar 2014.7.9.8 ({F04D2D30-776C-4d02-8627-8E4385ECA58D}) (Inactive)
  • Norton Vulnerability Protection 12.2.0.5 - 1 ({BBDA0591-3099-440a-AA10-41764D9DB4DB}) (Inactive)

Javascript

  • incrementalGCEnabled: True

Graphics

  • adapterDescription: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family
  • adapterDescription2: NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
  • adapterDeviceID: 0x0116
  • adapterDeviceID2: 0x0df4
  • adapterDrivers: igdumd64 igd10umd64 igd10umd64 igdumdx32 igd10umd32 igd10umd32
  • adapterDrivers2: nvd3dumx,nvwgf2umx,nvwgf2umx nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
  • adapterRAM: Unknown
  • adapterRAM2: 2048
  • adapterVendorID: 0x8086
  • adapterVendorID2: 0x10de
  • direct2DEnabled: True
  • directWriteEnabled: True
  • directWriteVersion: 6.2.9200.16571
  • driverDate: 3-25-2011
  • driverDate2: 11-3-2011
  • driverVersion: 8.15.10.2342
  • driverVersion2: 8.17.12.8577
  • info: {u'AzureCanvasBackend': u'direct2d', u'AzureFallbackCanvasBackend': u'cairo', u'AzureContentBackend': u'direct2d', u'AzureSkiaAccelerated': 0}
  • isGPU2Active: False
  • numAcceleratedWindows: 1
  • numTotalWindows: 1
  • webglRenderer: Google Inc. -- ANGLE (Intel(R) HD Graphics Family Direct3D9Ex vs_3_0 ps_3_0)
  • windowLayerManagerRemote: True
  • windowLayerManagerType: Direct3D 11

Modified Preferences

  • browser.cache.disk.capacity: 358400
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.first_run: False
  • browser.cache.disk.smart_size.use_old_max: False
  • browser.cache.frecency_experiment: 1
  • browser.places.smartBookmarksVersion: 7
  • browser.sessionstore.upgradeBackup.latestBuildID: 20141027150301
  • browser.startup.homepage: https://www.google.co.in
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.buildID: 20141027150301
  • browser.startup.homepage_override.mstone: 33.0.2
  • dom.mozApps.used: True
  • extensions.lastAppVersion: 33.0.2
  • gfx.direct3d.last_used_feature_level_idx: 0
  • media.gmp-gmpopenh264.lastUpdate: 1414576586
  • media.gmp-gmpopenh264.version: 1.1
  • media.gmp-manager.lastCheck: 1414576576
  • network.cookie.prefsMigrated: True
  • places.database.lastMaintenance: 1414576925
  • places.history.expiration.transient_current_max_pages: 104858
  • plugin.disable_full_page_plugin_for_types: application/pdf
  • plugin.importedState: True
  • privacy.sanitize.migrateFx3Prefs: True
  • storage.vacuum.last.index: 0
  • storage.vacuum.last.places.sqlite: 1414581542

Misc

  • User JS: No
  • Accessibility: No
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Chosen Solution

Start Firefox in Safe Mode {web link} While you are in safe mode;

Type about:preferences<Enter> in the address bar

Select Advanced > General. Look for and turn off Use Hardware Acceleration.

Poke around safe web sites. Are there any problems?

Then restart.

'''[https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/troubleshoot-firefox-issues-using-safe-mode Start Firefox in Safe Mode]''' {web link} While you are in safe mode; Type '''about:preferences'''<Enter> in the address bar Select '''Advanced > General.''' Look for and turn off '''Use Hardware Acceleration'''. Poke around safe web sites. Are there any problems? Then restart.