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Firefox hogging CPU 
27th-Oct-2012 06:10 pm
antenna girl
Dear LJ Genie,

Starting a few weeks back Firefox went from being slow to being *abysmally* slow.

It was also dragging down the rest of the system. Windows Task Manager showed it was using 90% or more of the CPU cycles even when I wasn't doing anything other than having a dozen or so tabs open.

After some googling, I added noscript & Flashblock and removed the java cnsole from the add-ons.

This got rid of the CPU hogging during "idle". But whenever I open a new tab or load a new page in an existing tab, the CPU usage pegs again.

Worse, page loading has gotten insanely slow. I just timed a couple of tmblr pages at 5 & 6 minutes to load.

Any ideas as to what the F is going on? The system is running Win2k (yeah, I know) has a 1.7 GHz CPU and 2 gig of ram.
28th-Oct-2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
I think the problem is the system you're running it on, not Firefox -- I'd see if you can download an older version of firefox, if you're going to run it in that environment. Firefox IS a pretty heavy memory & CPU drain, even on my laptop (2 GHz, 3 gigs of ram), which is why I switched to Chrome. That's been an improvement, but I don't know that it will work on Win2k.

There may be more specific hacks for firefox, but I don't know them (google might?)
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