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boombass
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major slowdown lately

I have been using Firefox Portable for a while now, and it seems to be much slower lately. I notice the little blue LED on my USB flash drive flickers on and off periodically, as if information is being read from and written to the drive during my surfing sessions. This happens at the weirdest times, like when I'm typing a message in gmail. I don't think this happened as much when I started using Portable Firefox, but I can't be sure. Maybe it started when I updated to version 1.5.0.7?

My flash drive is a OCZ Mini-Kart 2.0 GB. I am using it on a USB 2.0 compatible port.

Any ideas? Could it be the new version? Is there a way I can prevent it from reading and writing to the drive so much?

Other than the slow down issue, I am concerned about the wear and tear on the drive.

Thanks for your help!

hughesmar
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:(

I've been having the same issue. Whenever I open a new tab PFF completely locks up on me while it loads the page. It's especially bad when there's a large amount of pictures on the page. I'm also running 1.5.0.7. Thumbdrive is a Verbatim Store-n-go on a USB2.0 port.

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Sounds familiar.

If you guys have any extensions that do session saving, crash recovery, or allow you to undo closed tabs, disable them. They always create the effect you're describing.

If you use FF 2.0, it has these features built in. Instructions for disabling them can be found here:

http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?p=2536472#2536472

hughesmar
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Same thing

I don't have any extensions installed.

boombass
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No dice.

I have no extensions installed, whatsoever. But thanks for trying!

yehoni
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Well, now I'm stumped.

hughesmar, your description in particular sounded like the session saving problem. I was so sure.

I never had that problem while I was using 1.5.0.7, and I'm not sure I read any comments about it happening before either. I guess I'd recommend trying the usual steps then. Try your current copy on another flash drive, reinstall FFP, and/or try another version and see if you still have the problem.

Personally, I'd say to just use FFP 2.0 RC3, anyway. FF 2.0 had some nice new features. Just make sure to shut off session saving, etc.

boombass
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better with 1.5.0.6

I switched to 1.5.0.6 and I am only experiencing slowdowns when I add a bookmark. Or do any bookmark operation. Then it seems to do a lot of writing to the drive.

I might try a reinstall of 1.5.0.7 later, or just wait until 2.0 is released. When is that again? (Just kidding!)

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Even worse for me

I meant to start the new thread, but it seems I'm not the only one suffering from the problem.
Few versions ago (I'm on 1.5.0.7) I've started encountering problems with printing from Portable FireFox (PFF). Never had those up to version 1.5.0.4.

Now since yesterday, with no other changes, my PFF is pretty much not functioning.
Other apps, including browsers are running just fine, but PFF has this reloading circle running all the time with page not being reloaded. Not any particular site or page, but many different ones. USB flash drive is working, files are being accessed with no problems.

At this state it is unusable. Close PFF and opening again helped few times for few minutes, but is no longer a solution. All the cache, cookies, temp files, and such were dumped.

Now I have to use IE to write this - ridiculous.

LittleUnkn0wn
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FireFox 2.0 RC3 is buggy

I've been encountering problems as well. RC3 takes up to 3 minutes to start after clicking the icon, and it frequently locks up. Any idea what's going on?

suirauqa
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buggy RC3

I have the same problem. However, the release note on RC3 squarely blames the extensions (incompatibility?) in the event any such thing occurs. Therefore, one thing I am going to try (an idea obtained from Mozilla forums on the main FF app) is to start FFP in safe mode (you have to use a switch '-safe-mode' with the FFP executable), and then try enabling the extensions one by one. You can probably pin point a troublesome extension that way.

HTH.

Edit: correct spelling errors.
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How?

How do you start it in safe mode?

suirauqa
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Here is how...

You can, of course, look up the detailed tutorial at the Mozilla Firefox FAQ page, but for FFP here is an easy way-out. Right click on the FirefoxPortable.exe icon that you normally click on to run FFP, and create a shortcut. I renamed the shortcut as 'FirefoxPortableSafeMode' (without quote marks). Now, right-click on the shortcut and click Properties. In the 'Shortcut' tab of the properties dialog box, change the path to the application from:
"(Your Portable Apps folder)\FirefoxPortable\FirefoxPortable.exe"
to:
"(Your Portable Apps folder)\FirefoxPortable\FirefoxPortable.exe" -safe-mode

Change the (Your Portable Apps folder) bit to the path to your Portable applications folder on your USB flash disk.

Remember, you need to keep the quote marks here.

HTH.

suirauqa

Edit: I just commented on the slowness of FFP (the main topic of this thread) in reply to another user's post here.

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"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania (published by Benjami

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