FIREFOX MEMORY TIPS

20. February 2006, 22:42 | by WD Milner | Full Article |

Many people have been experiencing Firefox 1.5's penchant for using large amounts of memory. While some of this may be attributable to heavy and/or conflicting extension use, it has often affected those using no extensions at all. It may also be partially atributable to the prefetch and forward/back caching features used to speed up site display and navigation.

Whatever the cause, here are is a tip to help curb its occasional memory spikes.

Access the about:config screen by typing that exact phrase into the location bar and pressing Enter/Return. Once you have accessed the about:config screen locate the browser.cache.memory.enable parameter and set its “Value” to “true”.

Once you have this done, right-click anywhere in the browser window area and select New and then Integer from the pop-up menu. When the New Integer Value box opens, type in the following name: browser.cache.memory.capacity. Once you have done this the Enter Integer Value box will open.

The default setting is -1 and should preserve Firefox’s existing operation mode. Mozilla provides more information about specific values at kb.mozillazine.org/Browser.cache.memory.capacity. A good starting point for those with 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM would be 15000. For RAM amounts between 128 and 512 MB a good starting value would be 5000. If you have less than 128 MB of RAM in the system that is most likely the source of your Firefox memory issues.

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