Mozilla firefox taking FOREVER to start after boot up
Posted 14 November 2005 - 10:19 PM
Posted 15 November 2005 - 08:12 AM
there are a few things you can do about this:
1. go to 'my computer' and type %appdata% into the location bar. find the mozilla folder and delete it. note however that this will remove any customizations you have made to firefox, including any extensions, since this folder contains your user profile, which may have corrupted, causing the slow start-up. if you wish to keep your extensions after you fix this problem and not download them again, you can just move this folder instead of deleting it. load firefox again after you have moved or deleted the folder, it will create a new user profile for you.
2. you can completely uninstall and reinstall firefox by downloading it again from mozilla.org
these are the options if you are a more advanced user and know what you're doing:
1. I strongly recommend that you stay away from mozilla's own build of firefox, it has become increasingly sluggish over time. There are other people who are making their own builds of firefox. they are using the same source code, but optimizing it for certain processors so that start-up and load time is greatly reduced, as is memory usage when idle. one of the best builds is called the moox build at http://www.moox.ws/tech/mozilla (the site is down at the moment but just google) these are processor specific builds that will greatly increase the performance of firefox if you download the one made for your processor
2. there is a way to edit firefox so that it stores some of its data in the windows prefetch file, this is a tweak that is supposed to decrease first load time. I haven't tried it but if you google a bit, I'm sure you'll find the tweak.
try the first two before the second two. chances are that you just have a corrupt profile. I still recommend moox, all you need to do is download his zipped folder, open it and copy everything over to the mozilla firefox folder, replacing everything that's already in that folder. pin the different icon for the exe to the start menu, and away you go to a faster, more efficient firefox
Edited by Thef0rce, 15 November 2005 - 08:13 AM.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 05:34 PM
the best thing about mozilla is the extensions that let you customize it however much you want. and even if you don't, you'll still have a nice browser. there's also quite a lot of tweaks around. something for everyone, so to speak.
Edited by Thef0rce, 16 November 2005 - 05:35 PM.
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