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So Firefox is slower than shit, making me wait literally minutes for it to display the text I type, let alone anything else. And Opera may be fast, but whenever I use it, LiveJournal consistently gives me image problems (specifically, that they aren't loading unless I right-click on them and click the resulting "reload image"). Those same problems occasionally occur on other sites. Brooke is trying to help me, but nothing has worked so far. And IE hasn't worked AT ALL for months. Can't even reinstall the fucking thing, it won't let me. It just sits there doing absolutely nothing for hours. And yet Semagic works fine, and the Net connection is good. So all in all, I am very displeased with the Internet, not for the connection but for the browsers.

Oh, and Semagic can be used as a browser, but only on LiveJournal. It has no URL bar. And I hate Netscape.

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bart_calendar
Aug. 8th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
I used to have this problem with Firefox. There are a couple things that will help.

1. Download the FlashBlocker plug in. Firefox doesn't work well when flash is running. Simply running Flashblocker will speed up firefox about 80 percent.

2. In tools > options > security. Untick the 'tell me if the site i am visiting is a suspected forgery'. box. What happens is that Firefox is constantly updating it's list of suspected forgery sites and the memory it uses to do so saps memory from normal applications.
fayanora
Aug. 8th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
Cool, I'll try those sometime when I'm feeling less frustrated. Thanks!
chameleon_path
Aug. 8th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
I use Firefox, haven't noticed any problems with it beyond Gmail not liking it anymore and that only when I'm starting it up and have multiple tabs open. The Storm Prediction Center's composite radar seems to be a little much for Gmail to compete with right off the bat.
kengr
Aug. 8th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Try Safari. Not recommending it or anything, but it'd give you more info.

What firewall and anti-virus are you using?

Have you cleared out the temp files directory lately?

And get into task manager, go to the "processes tab and click on thje "CPU" at the head of the column. You may have to click twice.

You'll get the process listing ordered by the amount of CPU time they are using. And that'll give you an idea of what's clogging up the works.

As for IE, go into control panel, add/remove programs, Windows components and remove it. Reboot. Then try reinstalling it.

If there's trouble, download the install from microsoft.

fayanora
Aug. 9th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)
What firewall and anti-virus are you using?

AVG Free.

Have you cleared out the temp files directory lately?

Tried, and can't find it anymore. Found what I was certain was it, but it wasn't.

You'll get the process listing ordered by the amount of CPU time they are using. And that'll give you an idea of what's clogging up the works.

Don't know what most of those things are, but the other day Firefox was still running on processes even though I had closed it and it had seemingly shut down about 15 minutes before. So I stopped it, and that helped.

As for IE, go into control panel, add/remove programs, Windows components and remove it. Reboot. Then try reinstalling it.

If there's trouble, download the install from microsoft.


Not sure if I'll bother. I don't like IE. Never have.
kengr
Aug. 9th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
AVG isn't a firewall. You are probably running XP's built in firewall, which is not good. Go grab a copy of Sunbelt Personal Firewall.

And for Win 98 or later you *must* have a working copy of IE on the system or it can't get patches and updates.

So we need to get that fixed too.

oh yeah, the temp directory is in [boot drive]:\Documents and settings\[user name]\local settings

The stuff in [ ] is stuff that varies from machine to machine.

You might also want to defrag your HD.
fayanora
Aug. 10th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I remember now. MCafee is doing my firewall.

And for Win 98 or later you *must* have a working copy of IE on the system or it can't get patches and updates.

Ugh.

Oh yes, defragging. Forgot about that.

oh yeah, the temp directory is in [boot drive]:\Documents and settings\[user name]\local settings

The stuff in [ ] is stuff that varies from machine to machine.


Thanks!
misslynx
Aug. 9th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Firefox has some kind of a memory leak that makes it run slower and slower, and eat more and more of your machine's memory, the longer it runs. When it's acting up, quit it and re-open it - you may find that makes a big difference.

If not, I second the suggestion to try Safari. It's no longer Mac-only - if you're a Windows user, there is a Windows version available.
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