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04-03-2005, 07:52 AM
My friend gave me some registry tweaks to speed up Firefox. The tweaks apparently work very well on Jetstream, but I saw that they would not work at all on dial-up (similar advice on previous threads). Is there really nothing we poor guys on dial up can do, except to upgrade to J-stream?


04-03-2005, 08:09 AM
These tweaks rely on opening up more connections to the webservers. Dialup doesn't have the required bandwidth to be able to do this with much success. It is possible to tweak some registry settings to speed up dialup, but I've never noticed an actual noticeable difference when doing this.

You could be naughty and start blocking adverts (don't block them at this site though ;))

How much does your dialup cost all up?

Murray P
04-03-2005, 08:09 AM
Did you apply FF or Windows tweaks?

Look for FF, about:conf tweaks. There are about three entries you may make that, can, speed things up a bit depending on your connection type, server and webpages. You access the file by typing "about:conf" in the address bar, sans quotes.

04-03-2005, 08:15 AM
Did you apply FF or Windows tweaks?

Look for FF, about:conf tweaks. There are about three entries you may make that, can, speed things up a bit depending on your connection type, server and webpages. You access the file by typing "about:conf" in the address bar, sans quotes.


FF tweaks


04-03-2005, 08:16 AM
I'm on Clear flat rate $16.95 per month


04-03-2005, 08:30 AM
turning off images might speed things up... you can always put sites in the "exceptions list" to download them for sites you want to view images.
In Firefox look in Tools > Options > Web Features

04-03-2005, 08:43 AM
Hi Folks. I don't use FireFox but recently received this in a US newsletter....

1. Firefox 1.0.1 is released to fix security holes

The Mozilla Foundation released on Feb. 24 Firefox 1.0.1, a security
upgrade for its wildly successful 1.0 browser. More than 25 million
people have downloaded 1.0 since its release on Nov. 9, according to
the foundation.

I immediately felt that the security improvements in Firefox 1.0.1
warranted me publishing a newsletter update. But I held off until
now because installation problems were causing severe confusion. I
found it extremely difficult to nail down the best upgrade procedure.

Firefox 1.0's "check for updates" feature, for example, didn't report
that any Firefox updates were available for six days after 1.0.1
became available. The foundation had kept the feature from reporting
the existence of this update because of concern that 25 million
people downloading the update simultaneously couldn't be supported by
the existing infrastructure. This problem was apparently solved by
Mar. 1, and checking for updates now reports that 1.0.1 is ready.

Rumors had also been flying that installing 1.0.1 required that
Firefox 1.0 first be uninstalled. It's now clear that uninstalling
1.0 is necessary only if you want to install a ".exe" version of
1.0.1 over an instance of Firefox 1.0 that you obtained in a ".zip"
file. Downloading 1.0.1 and installing it on top of a 1.0 .exe setup
file you downloaded (as most people did) is fine. We've tested this
and it works without deleting any bookmarks or Firefox extensions.

I recommend that Firefox 1.0 users upgrade to 1.0.1 immediately. The
new version fixes a security problem with international domain names
(IDN). The address bar can appear to show "paypay.com," for example,
by composing a domain name of look-alike Unicode characters. Some
registrars, unfortunately, are selling Unicode domain names that look
identical to ASCII domains. Firefox 1.0.1 cures this by displaying
all Unicode in "punycode," a plain-text equivalent. The punycode for
the PayPal fake wouldn't fool anyone: "www.xn--pypal-4ve.com". This
is a better fix than the two workarounds we published in the paid
version of the Feb. 10 and 24 newsletters.

Firefox 1.0.1 also closes 16 other bugs, some of them potentially
serious security weaknesses. This update is a good one to have. :cool:

04-03-2005, 08:47 AM
Hi Folks. Part 2 of the above....

Here, therefore, are the steps I recommend for this upgrade:

1. Read the Firefox 1.0.1 release-notes page carefully to see if any
issues affect you:


2. To be safe, back up your PC, or at least make a copy of Firefox's
Profiles folder, which contains your bookmarks and other settings.
The location of the Profiles folder differs in various versions of
Windows. See the release-notes page for the exact location.

3. In Firefox 1.0, click Tools, Extensions and make a note of any
extensions you've installed. After upgrading to Firefox 1.0.1, you
may need to re-enable or re-install one or more extensions.

4. Close the Extensions window. In Firefox 1.0, click Tools,
Options, Advanced. In the Software Update section, make sure
"Periodically check for updates to Firefox" is ON. Click the "Check
Now" button. A window should open to announce that a 1.0.1 ".exe"
file is ready to download. Download this file, which will save itself
to your Desktop and then start to install. You'll need to close any
open Firefox window when prompted to do so.

5. The download process may present you with Firefox 1.0.1 in a
language other than your preferred one (for example, en-US for U.S.
English instead of it-IT for Italian). If so, halt the download and
go to the foundation's All Downloads page, which offers language-
specific versions (note: British English is not yet available):


6. If you're running the ".exe" upgrade, but you originally installed
Firefox 1.0 from a ".zip" file, you'll need to halt the upgrade and
uninstall Firefox 1.0 before continuing. Running the ".exe" file to
upgrade a version of Firefox 1.0 you originally installed from a
".exe" file, however, doesn't require uninstalling anything. (Some
people recommend uninstalling *any* program before you install a new
version, but this seems unnecessary.)

7. After Firefox 1.0.1 is installed, make sure your bookmarks are
still intact and check that your extensions still work. If an
extension isn't certified to work with 1.0.1, Firefox may disable it.
In that case, click Tools, Extensions and try to download a new
version of the extension. (We'll print in the Mar. 10 newsletter a
way to make any Firefox 1.0 extension run in 1.0.1, even if it hasn't
been certified to run in 1.0.1 by its developer yet.)

8. If you installed Firefox 1.0.1 over 1.0, the Add/Remove Programs
applet in your Control Panel will show two uninstallers: one for
"Mozilla Firefox (1.0)" and one for "Mozilla Firefox (1.0.1)."
Running either routine at this point will uninstall Firefox 1.0.1.
This is a known bug. Don't run either uninstall routine unless you
want to uninstall Firefox 1.0.1.

That's it. In my opinion, the Mozilla Foundation should have written
better instructions and made the process much smoother for Firefox
users that they did. Hopefully, this will open the foundation's eyes
to the usability problems that can arise with even a minor upgrade. :cool:

04-03-2005, 01:45 PM
get adblock, that speeds up FF

Murray P
04-03-2005, 02:23 PM

FF tweaks


Firefox (FF) tweaks. Most (maybe all) user settings and extensions get written in about:conf (configuration), but not all the things that can be done to FF in about:conf are accessible from anywhere else but by editing the file. Look it up at mozilla.org or google for settings.