Page Loadtime Slow Lately

By JacobiB
Mar 11, 2005
  1. Hi there! I'm new to TechSpot, but I've been having a rather annoying problem with my internet connection recently, so I've come to seek out some help. Here's the scoop:

    I use Firefox as my web browser. When loading webpages, load times are rediculously long...well, I wouldn't say "rediculous," but longer than I am used to. For example, I have my homepage set to When I open Firefox, I see a white screen for about 5 seconds before the Google page appears, and that's a relatively simple page to load. It seems like, when I'm on a site that has forums or something (like this) the pages load a bit faster when I'm staying inside that particular site. I'm very confused because this never used to happen, even when I had already begun using Firefox. Here are my system specs:

    Dell Dimension 8250
    Pentium 4 2.6 GhZ
    512MB RDRAM (PC1066)
    Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB Graphics Card
    160MB HDD

    Road Runner High Speed Online Cable
    Download Speed*: 4542kbps
    Upload Speed*: 471kbps
    Transfer Rate*: 567.7kbps

    *Results provided by the Speakeasy Speed Test.

    I should also mentioned that I'm connected to a 100Mbps LAN Network with three other computers hooked up to a Linksys router. I'm not sure whether or not my Download speed has anything to do with page loadtime, but I know that, from the results of that test, my download speed is pretty dang high. I've also tried enabling pipelining on Firefox, to no improvement.

    If someone could help me out or give me suggestions for things I could try, it would be much appreciated. Also, if there's information I haven't included in this post that you think would be helpful to know, please let me know and I'll do my best to retrieve that info. Thanks again for all of your help! :)
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Welcome toTechspot!
    Your speed test is great that's pretty fast.
    I would suggest some house cleaning.
    Delete temporary internet pages, ,check page file settings (set permanent size not dynamic)
    Clear history on close of your browser.
    Defrag , including a fresh page file, Plus set page file to empty at shutdown.
    Turn off screen savers.
    Try surfing without anti virus,Pop-up software other security programs to see if they are slowing you down(Surf to safe site only during test,this should not be dangerous as you are behind a NAT)
    You can decide if some of my recommendations suit you I am only try to offer suggestions.
  3. JacobiB

    JacobiB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the help! I'll try some of that stuff out and let you guys know what happens. One thing...when you say my "page file," are you refering to the virtual memory paging file?
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    yes ,dynamic virtual memory settings will reflect your symptoms over time , that is one reason why I use a static page file, not located on the c:\ drive -O/S drive.
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