Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Check and fix Firefox memory leak issues

Computerworld has gone ahead and suggested ways on how you can check and see if you have a Firefox memory leak issue, they also provide tips on fixing the problem.

  • Right-click any blank area in the about:config window and choose New > Integer from the pop-up menu.
  • The New Integer Value box will open. Copy and paste this setting name into the open dialog box: browser.cache.memory.capacity
  • In the Enter Integer Value box that opens, enter -1 to preserve Firefox's default operational mode.
  • To customize the setting to your computer's physical memory, consult this MozillaZine page. For RAM sizes between 512BM and 1GB, start with 15000. For RAM sizes between 128MB and 512M, try 5000. Note: If you have less than 128MB of RAM, that's probably the cause of your Firefox issues.

If you are uncertain that your Firefox browser is experiencing a memory leak issue, do this -

  • Press Ctrl-Alt-Del once. In Windows XP, that opens the Task Manager. Click the Processes tab, and check the numbers on the firefox.exe line under the headings "Mem Usage" and "VM Size." If so, Firefox is consuming a lot more memory than it should. Watch these numbers over time as you run Firefox to see whether they grow significantly.

However do read this article as it will tell you some good ways on how to run your Firefox more efficiently. I know these days a lot of users are switching from IE to Firefox, if you are experiencing a similar problem leave a comment.

Hands on: A look at Firefox's memory issues [Computerworld]


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