Was frustrated: How to speed up Firefox and optimize your Mac.
Nov 7th, 2007, 12:22
So I was getting a bit frustrated at the lack of performance of several of my macs including my main editing machine a 2X2.66 Dual Core with 5 gigs of ram. Even my new black macbook (used for travel editing) was running slow. So I did some searching. If this helps someone out, great. If everyone here knows this stuff already sorry but I had to go several places to find all the info. â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢â?¢ Check and see if there are any software updates and install those then: Open the program on your mac in the Applications>Utilities>Diskutility Select your Macintosh HD and hit the button for Repair Disk Permissions. Download and install: http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs2/english/download.html Either Onyx or Maintenance. Onyx is a more complicated proggie but has some really cool features. Maintenance is almost completely automatic. Follow their instructions. The biggest slowdown apparently on net activity is to not add DNS server info and let the machine use the optional settings. I used parallels on the Macpro and the web browsers IE and FF were beating the speed of Safari, Opera, FF, and Camino. Thats what was driving me nuts. Do a search on google for your ISP's dns machine numbers. If you can find a bunch of different ones, test them for responsiveness to your machine by running Network Utility. Ping them. Anything less than 20 is great. I found two on Cox that are less than 10 from my machine. Go to your Network Preference Pane click on your network settings that your using (the one with the green next to it) then the TCP/IP Tab then add those numbers in the DNS info box Hit Apply. Here is the "secret" or whatever you want to call it for most mozilla browsers including firefox. Follow the instructions or do the following below: Open Firefox Type in the address bar: about:config In the the Filter window type: pipelining Change value of network.http.pipelining to true Change value of network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to 10 You can right click to change or toggle the values. I put in 20 as my value as I have a 12 meg line at my home office. Every website I try that isn't user based (such as my gmail account) loads in under 1 second. DARN if things just don't scream now on the net! Hope that this helps someone out. Take care, Matt http://mattburkett.comReply