Firefox Memory Useage – A Quest For Answers – RAMback?

I am still looking for more answers about why Firefox 3 RC1 is still consuming vast amounts of memory on my system. So my quest took me on a Google search and I located an article about a add-on called RAMback. In the article it stated:

The first Firefox 3 beta is just around the corner and promises a number of enhancements, including a reduction of the notoriously large memory footprint. We’ve written extensively about Firefox’s memory problems in the past and while Firefox 3 will address some of the issues, it won’t solve the problem for everyone.

They must be talking about me when they said ‘everyone’. 🙁

Part of Firefox’s memory overhead is by design. Whenever you visit a page in Firefox, the browser caches it for some time. If you frequently go back and forth between pages this cuts down on load time, but the trade off is increased memory usage.

There are ways to limit the amount of caching through the config panel, but now there’s also RAMback, a Firefox extension from Stuart Parmenter that makes clearing out your Firefox caches a snap.

So I downloaded RAMback and installed it using Firefox 3 RC1. I’ll be testing it during the following week to see if there is any change in memory usage and if RAMback works or not. If you check on the Mozilla add-on site for RAMback you will note only 4 reviews. It’s a mixed opinion on whether RAMdisk does or doesn’t work.

One note: This add-on is for Firefox 3 xx versions only and will not even install on Firefox 2 or before.

Comments welcome.

I also want to thank everyone who has responded to my prior requests already.

RAMback site is here.


[tags]firefox, 3rc1, memory, useage, cache, free, add-on, review,  [/tags]