Firefox Perfection

Discussion in 'Windows Applications' started by Bman, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    For a long time now I have used Firefox, since 1.0 days. It's also always been a RAM hog for me, yes I am one of those people. It's also, at least for awhile been having freeze/skipping issues, where everything from clicking a button, scrolling, to videos would freeze, then go, then freeze.

    Now I figured I have to live with this because I have

    Enabled Extensions: [62]
    - Adblock Plus 1.1.3
    - Better GCal 0.3
    - Better Gmail 2 0.9.8.1
    - Better GReader 0.8.3
    - Better YouTube 0.4.3
    - BetterPrivacy 1.47
    - BookmarkMenuHider 0.1.0
    - Boost for Facebook 9.9.2
    - CheckPlaces 2.1.0
    - CLEO 4.3
    - ColorfulTabs 4.3
    - Combine Buttons 0.4.8
    - Compact Menu 2 3.1.1
    - Coral IE Tab 1.80.20100224
    - CustomizeGoogle 0.76
    - CyberSearch 2.0.4
    - Download Statusbar 0.9.6.7
    - Exch 1.4.5
    - Extended Statusbar 1.5.4
    - Fasterfox Lite 3.8.2Lite
    - Favicon Picker 3 0.5
    - FEBE 6.3.2
    - Fission 1.0.9
    - Forecastfox 0.9.10.2
    - Free Realms Installer 1.0.3.102
    - Gmail Manager 0.6
    - gReactions 0.1e
    - ImageHost Grabber 1.6.3
    - Integrated Gmail 2.6.0b2
    - Java Console 6.0.18
    - LastPass 1.66.0
    - Linkification 1.3.8
    - LocationbarĀ² 1.0.5
    - Memory Fox 1.4.4
    - Menu Editor 1.2.6
    - Menu Icons Plus 1.8
    - MR Tech Toolkit 6.0.4
    - NoScript 1.9.9.50
    - Omnibar 0.6.8.20100227
    - Organize Status Bar 0.6.4
    - Personas 1.5.1
    - Perspectives 3.0.3
    - RAMBack 1.0
    - Save File to 2.0
    - Screengrab 0.96.2
    - SearchPreview 4.1
    - Shareaholic 1.9.6
    - SkipScreen 0.3.20091214_AMO
    - Smart Bookmarks Bar 1.4.3
    - SmoothWheel (AMO) 0.45.6.20100202.1
    - Speed Dial 0.9.5
    - StumbleUpon 3.63
    - Stylish 1.0.8
    - Stylish-Custom 0.7.2
    - Tab History 1.0.6
    - Tab Mix Plus 0.3.8.2
    - Toolbar Buttons 0.6.0.8
    - Update Notifier 0.1.5.5
    - URL Fixer 1.6
    - visualizeus 0.5.3
    - Web Developer 1.1.8
    - Xmarks 3.5.7

    Installed Themes: [1]
    - Default

    And I also have 42 Stylish Scripts installed as well (even though I believe those don't take as much). And I also have 8 to 15 tabs open at any giving time, and my Firefox only restarts if I install something new.

    So I came to expect my Firefox to run between 300MB to 1GB at any giving time. The last week I have been fine tuning the scripts, replacing bulky addons with better ones if possible, making sure I have the least amount of them as well. I also found an amazing addon called Memory Fox which I think did most of the work. Don't know what it does. But with that addon and everything else I have fiddled with, I am running between 5MB to 150MB at any giving time now. It's been running nice and smooth like a charm the past 3 days now, I don't know if it will always last, but its awesome.
     
  2. Johnny

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    the extensions and scripts you have is the reason it runs so slow. I only have maybe 3 on mine and it runs great ...
     
  3. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Yes, as I said in the post, I know that is why, though it should not be that way. And from the Memory Fox addon and my playing around, its not like that anymore.
     
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    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    What is happening is that each one is using bandwidth and resources to run. By eliminating them you lessening the load in turn making the browser run faster.
     
  5. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Thanks for the lesson, I know all that. This post was to show that I found a way, but luck or whatever, to have that many extensions without the heavy load.
     
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    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    If you are using a lot of extensions and such, I can see needing a memory extension...
     
  7. Bman

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    Updated Results

    Enabled Extensions: [57]
    - Adblock Plus 1.1.3
    - Better GCal 0.3
    - Better Gmail 2 0.9.8.1
    - Better GReader 0.8.3
    - Better YouTube 0.4.3
    - BetterPrivacy 1.47
    - BookmarkMenuHider 0.1.0
    - Boost for Facebook 9.9.2
    - CheckPlaces 2.1.0
    - CLEO 4.3
    - ColorfulTabs 4.3
    - Compact Menu 2 3.1.1
    - Coral IE Tab 1.80.20100224
    - CyberSearch 2.0.4
    - Dcurrency 0.3.5
    - Download Statusbar 0.9.6.7
    - Extended Statusbar 1.5.4
    - Fasterfox Lite 3.8.2Lite
    - Favicon Picker 3 0.5
    - FEBE 6.3.2
    - Fission 1.0.9
    - Forecastfox 0.9.10.2
    - Free Realms Installer 1.0.3.102
    - Gmail Manager 0.6
    - ImageHost Grabber 1.6.3
    - Integrated Gmail 2.6.0b2
    - Java Console 6.0.18
    - LastPass 1.66.0
    - Linkification 1.3.8
    - LocationbarĀ² 1.0.5
    - Memory Fox 1.4.4
    - Menu Editor 1.2.6
    - Menu Icons Plus 1.8
    - MR Tech Toolkit 6.0.4
    - NoScript 1.9.9.50
    - Omnibar 0.6.8.20100227
    - OptimizeGoogle 0.77
    - Organize Status Bar 0.6.4
    - Personas 1.5.1
    - Perspectives 3.0.3
    - Screengrab 0.96.2
    - SearchPreview 4.1
    - Shareaholic 1.9.6
    - SkipScreen 0.3.20091214_AMO
    - Smart Bookmarks Bar 1.4.3
    - SmoothWheel (AMO) 0.45.6.20100202.1
    - Speed Dial 0.9.5
    - Stylish 1.0.8
    - Stylish-Custom 0.7.2
    - Tab History 1.0.6
    - Tab Mix Plus 0.3.8.2
    - Toolbar Buttons 0.6.0.8
    - Update Notifier 0.1.5.5
    - URL Fixer 1.6
    - visualizeus 0.5.3
    - Web Developer 1.1.8
    - Xmarks 3.5.7

    RAMBack was removed because it's not needed anymore because of Memory Fox.
    SaveFileTo was removed because I never really used it, Firefox does a good enough job.
    CustomizeGoogle was replaced with OrganizeGoogle
    CombineButtons was replaced with a Stylish Script
    StumbleUpon was removed because I used it very lightly, plus it would not move itself to the status-bar for some reason so I gave up lol
    Etch was replaced with DCurrency (which I only used Etch because DCurrency was not working awhile back, forgot about it since)

    Think there was 1 or 2 more that changed as well. Either way, was still running great. Changed the theme, cleaned up the toolbar, removed a few items to the status bar..so forth.

    The one thing I have been trying to do, but every script written for it, and even the one I tried to write, causes problems with certain sites, or just does not work. And that is a script to remove the scrollbar, which I never use...Hopefully I can figure it out soon.

    **Also check out the more active thread over at http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/883194-firefox-perfection/ (sorry, but it's the truth :()
     

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  8. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Seems no one cares too much, on this site or Neowin.

    The original idea was to tell people about Memory Fox, and mine being a good example of how well it works since I have that many extensions. Now I have just been playing around with Firefox making it awesome (in my opinion).

    Now I just feel like posting my latest Firefox setup, cause I feel like I have to show someone lol And I feel like if I do that on Neowin, they might bitch lol

    So the latest one I finally got the "hide scrollbar" scripts working, and I also figured out how to do that whole thing everyone loves, with the tabs on top of the everything. I might even find a way to make them look like Chromes, where there is a slant at the side, who knows lol.
     

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  9. American Zombie

    American Zombie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    I think everyone looks at how much crap you have running in Firefox and feels you are creating your own problem so why help.

    Firefox was never meant to run every addon at once just like too many addons in IE or too many items in Windows startup will bog your system down.

    Vista and windows 7 manage memory well but if you take an app and basically make it a memory leak you will have problems.
     
  10. Bman

    Bman OSNN Veteran Original

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    Yea but that is the thing people aren't getting. I am not asking for help.

    I am helping people who might be like me, or maybe they just have a major RAM issue with Firefox and only have a few, this extension "Memory Fox" should help those people.

    I guess I didn't really have to show a screenshot every time, and get all into customization, but I thought that was fun.