I have a decent enough laptop (intel i5-2540, year 2011, 4GB RAM, Samsung EVO 850 SSD in SATA-3 mode) running Windows XP pro. I have been feeling for past few month… (read more)
I have a decent enough laptop (intel i5-2540, year 2011, 4GB RAM, Samsung EVO 850 SSD in SATA-3 mode) running Windows XP pro. I have been feeling for past few months that my firefox page loading is sluggish. I have looked into some optimizations (like this thread here: http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=445540), and below i have attached an image of the preferences, narrowed by search using "browser.cache." and also there is an image of "about:cache".
My question is .... Is the slowness i am seeing a result of
1. The 38 tab groups that i have, each group with about 15 tabs in it ? I know tabgroups are going in few days, and i plan to use the add-on called "tabgroup" which is the same functionality.
2. Some preference getting messed up ? (I setup cache to move into RAM, since there is plenty to spare in this browser-machine). My intention is to get rid of the disk cache, which would constantly write to SSD and lower longevity of the SSD. On the other hand, i also read articles that say disk cache is persistant across machine boots, and hence more useful than having cache in RAM. I would like some guidance from experts.
3. Simply an evolution of firefox which has resulted in bloating and slowness ? I have timed many times by rebooting my PC. It takes about 40 seconds to bring up firefox, with no other app running after reboot. Many of the pages take more than 5 seconds to load from popular website forums like Dell forum, tomshardware.com etc. I have cable modem that gives 30+ Mbps, which i have tested to verify. So, network speed is not the issue.
4. No one testing firefox releases on Windows xp anymore ? Upgrading OS to Win 7 is not possible on this machine.
I have deactivated all plugins except the very basic that i need (that has not improved my speed).
So, Any suggestion to speed up my setup is welcome. I have looked into faster-fox which was mentioned in the thread i gave above, but i am not running it now. I am in the search for ways to speed up firefox. I am running latest version, and within days i will be moving to FF 45 when it comes out.
Thanks for your input.