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Is anyone else having problems with Firefox 8 dominating Ram?


I am running osx 10.7.1 The only thing running is Firefox 8 (with add-ons disabled. One window, with only this tab open.) & activity monitor. While firefox is running with one tab open my system is using 1.92gb of ram. as soon as Firefox is quit all of that ram frees up. Does anyone have a solution to this? I cannot Run Firefox 8 without it making my system completely unusable.

Modified by Beebo1

Additional System Details

This happened

Every time Firefox opened

This started when...

I upgraded to Firefox 8 two days ago

Installed Plug-ins

All plugins are currently disabled.


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.7; rv:8.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/8.0

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cwilsongin 0 solutions 4 answers

I have this problem as well. In addition, it sounds like my hard drive continously runs with Firefox started. The only way I can shutdown FF is to do a forced quit. Shouldn't have accepted this update.

Question owner

UPDATE: After upgrading to 8.0.1 I am down to using 808.6 mb of ram, with one tab open(still no add-on's enabled) as compared to 8.0's 1.92 gb. while this still isn't great (firefox 3 only used 630.4mb with 6 tabs open + 2 add-on's) it is starting to fall back down to the realm of acceptable numbers, I guess. I Throw this update up for discussion of the results. The more people I have numbers to compare with the more I can establish a "baseline normal" for version 8. so far I'm working with the ram usage for 10 similar systems(same os, same firefox, all w/ add-on's disabled & only 1 tab open) If you'd like to add your numbers to my research feel free to post them in a reply.

Question owner

Also, Since upgrading my hard drive doesn't appear to be constantly spooling up, 8.0.1 is also responding to the quit command now instead of making me force quit. It also seems to have quit crashing my system, I will have to give it a bit more time testing it again before I trust it not to crash, but so far, ok.... not great, but ok.

Modified by Beebo1