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Newer is not always better

  1. #1

    Newer is not always better

    I have a test PC, with a 10+ yr old motherboard in it that I'm using for testing purposes only, just to see how much use I can actually get out of an old PC. It was built before the days of the Bad Chinese Capacitors, so it's still in like new condition.
    It even runs Windows 7 Pro very well. (32bit, of course)

    It has a pretty fast 500GB SATA hard drive and 2GB of DDR ram, but it's still no barn burner.
    For most things it works just great. (I'm not a gamer!)

    So, I installed Firefox 38.0.1 on it and BOY was it ever slow!!! I tried my normal speed-up tweaks
    to Firefox to no avail.
    I.E. was nice and quick, but I don't normally use I.E........ so what to do?

    I went back into my archives and found Firefox 28 from almost a year ago. I installed that
    and VOILA, it was just as quick as I.E.

    So now I know, , , when installing Firefox on an old/slow PC, using ver. 28 is the ticket.
    (then turn OFF auto updates for Firefox)

    Newer is not always better!


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  2. #2

    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 518
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]

    Here, here! Agreed! I run older FF 33-36 versions for now. I don't know why I have troubles with the newest, I simply rollback and stay awhile.
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  3. #3

    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,151
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)

    I'm running FF 38.05 on my system and it doesn't seem slow to me.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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