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Old 08-05-2007, 01:56 AM   #1
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Can anyone explain why Firefox, on XP Pro, using only one tab with only this page, currently needs over 200MB of memory to run?

It makes no sense to me how my web browser can use up such an ungodly amount of memory.

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Old 08-05-2007, 03:18 AM   #2
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> Can anyone explain why Firefox, on XP Pro, using only one
> tab with only this page, currently needs over 200MB of
> memory to run?

My guess would be an extension causing some kind of weirdness....have you checked up on your extensions, searching to see if they have an issue or a conflict like that with some other extension?
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Old 08-05-2007, 06:21 AM   #3
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My only add ons are Talkback 2.0.0.6, Videodownloader 1.1.1, and flash. Any known conflicts with these?
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Old 08-05-2007, 06:40 AM   #4
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> Can anyone explain why Firefox, on XP Pro, using only one
> tab with only this page, currently needs over 200MB of
> memory to run?

I have no idea. From what I've seen, Firefox should be using somewhere between 25MB and 50MB of memory rather than 200MB.

> It makes no sense to me how my web browser can use up such
> an ungodly amount of memory.

It makes more sense once you hear some stuff from the developers. Gecko is a very messy layout engine, and Firefox makes very extensive usage of this. Most of the stuff that causes it to hog memory is caused by the Cross Platform Component Object Model (XPCOM), which seemed like a good idea when they first implemented it but has since proven to be a complete nightmare.

The somewhat good news is that the Mozilla developers plan to remove a good portion of these. In Firefox 4. Which should be released in late 2008 or early 2009. That's the kind of messiness we're talking about. Still, they'll probably beat Internet Explorer 8 to release.
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:03 PM   #5
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> Can anyone explain why Firefox, on XP Pro, using only one
> tab with only this page, currently needs over 200MB of
> memory to run?
> It makes no sense to me how my web browser can use up such
an ungodly amount of memory.

What version of firefox are you using? I had the same problem in the past, and ever since using Firefox 3 Alpha builds, I don't see the problem anymore EXCEPT when I use flash (youtube, etc)

I've been forced to become an expert in toggling and installing separate versions of firefox due to extension incompatibilities. That pisses me off more than memory leaks. Does anyone know of a substitute for the Needlesearch extension that works on the Minefield Trunks?
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Old 08-05-2007, 07:33 PM   #6
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> My only add ons are Talkback 2.0.0.6, Videodownloader 1.1.1,
> and flash. Any known conflicts with these?

Ah...I doubt it. I have way more extensions than that and *I* don't even use up as much RAM as you are. Do you have a webpage that refreshes itself up? I think it might be fixed now, but I know there used to be a bug that if you were in offline mode and one of those types of pages were up, it would cause RAM usage to go way up as the program tried to refresh it two billion times (seemed to be some kind of loop..refreshes, loads cached copy from HD since it's in offline mode, refresh again immediately after, and so on).
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:18 AM   #7
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Ah...I doubt it. I have way more extensions than that and
> *I* don't even use up as much RAM as you are. Do you have a
> webpage that refreshes itself up? I think it might be fixed
> now, but I know there used to be a bug that if you were in
> offline mode and one of those types of pages were up, it
would cause RAM usage to go way up as the program tried to
> refresh it two billion times (seemed to be some kind of
> loop..refreshes, loads cached copy from HD since it's in
> offline mode, refresh again immediately after, and so on).
>

I tend to leave gmail up by itself when i go to work. that's about it.

Unless somehow doing that is causing me to use up a 256 stick by itself. You know... email. >_>
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