Why does it take SO LONG for firefox to start?

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  1. JJBro1
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    I literally waited 3 minutes for firefox to come on 2 minutes for the window to even pop up and 1 minute to get to the start up page. I've never had to wait this long, also it takes forever for itunes to start. Is something wrong with my computer? Spybot, AVG, AVAST!, or regcleaner did not pick anything up, what's the deal?
     
  2. DarthYoshi

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    Firefox usually takes a little bit to start up for me. And iTunes has always taken a long time to start up for me also. So the iTunes thing is probably normal, I don't know about Firefox though.

    EDIT: Did you install any new Firefox add-ons recently? That could be the problem. The more add-ons it has to load, the longer it will take to start.
     
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    wont more downloads make it even more slow....sleepy
     
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    i use that as well.
     
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    Hmm, how much ram do you have?
     
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    Yeah, in my opinion, I still think you either have too many add-ons, or that's just the way Firefox is. (slow to start up I mean)
     
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    It's not a RAM issue.....I have 2 gigs in this PC (WinXP MCE). I believe it's all the plug-ins and cache'd web stuff that is taking it so long. Every time you boot FF, it has to load all the plug-ins and activate them, plus it checks....for plug-in updates....and a bunch of other crap before it starts.

    I don't know if you noticed, but when you first installed FF, it booted fairly quickly. After you use it awhile, it boots slowly. Luckily, once it finally does boot, it's still quick loading pages.


    It's not really a big deal for me though, I used to run a Commodore 64 years ago and have learned to wait for the "slowding".
     
  10. Joe88

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    it only takes a sec for me

    there is most likely something tieing up your cpu in the background

    try shutting bascially everything off you do not need like itunes, / ect... also msconfig does wonders to control random junk from booting up when you start your computer
     
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    If I shut down FF right now and load it back up, yes, it will load instantly. But upon a cold boot of the PC, FF will take a few seconds to load. THAT is what people are talking about.
     
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    I see your point, really there is no way to speed it up on boot up. Only thing to do is wait. Or try un-installing apps/games you use/play anymore. And also try running disk Defragmenter.
     
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    That won't make any difference. I know what I'm doing with PC's. I built and setup many dozens of PC's, including 7 of the 8 PC's we have here, with our 12TB of storage space. I'm sure I have less garbage running in the background than 98% of PC owners.

    Besides, I'm not complaining about it, just commenting.
     
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    Holy snappels! RayderPWND! You just got 12TB of tbags on you!


    My FF goes slow even though I has leik 2 addonz! O NOSE!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
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    No but really, msconfig only helps cut crap out from running if you don't use those things, I find use for most of the services listed except for the obvious Crapple crap pod gayness and such



    EDIT: emphasize.
     
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    Are you sure its firefox or its IE8 [​IMG] coz my computer is very slow and firefoxstart cery quick, IE 8
    doesmt even load [​IMG] .Update your firefox
     
  16. JJBro1
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    well it literally takes me minutes as in 3 minutes.
     
  17. Joe88

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    from cold boot it still only takes 1 sec to start
     
  18. Psyfira

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    Mine loads slowly too (though not quite that slowly).

    Do you have a lot of bookmarks or a large history by any chance? I read something about the Bookmarks/History file; Firefox 3 combines these into a single file, and the bigger the file gets the longer it takes to load on startup (if this is the case then filtering bookmarks while using firefox is slow too). To fix this you can export your bookmarks, delete the one in Firefox's settings folder and re-import them into a fresh file (google it). The other suggestion was creating a fresh profile and importing everything you need to keep into that. Google around for Firefox slow threads, I haven't got time to get links this evening but I remember reading a lot about it.

    Sorry to repeat other people but you still haven't said if you'd ruled out a broken addons/extension slowing you down, which is the #1 cause of Firefox loading issues. Yes extensions are awesome but it's okay, by turning them off just temporarily you can figure out which one is causing the problem and have all the others back on in no time at all. (Go to "tools> addons > extensions" and disable everything. Reboot and if it fixes the problem you can turn them back on one by one until you find out which one is slowing you down. There is a list of ones to definitely look out for here)