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hi i have problem with my mbp the loading of firefox is too slow any help

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Where did you buy your memory upgrade from? That memory speed is not what shipped with the MBP, it should read 667 Mhz I believe. I would run a memory test on your machine (you can search the forums for a program on how to do this) to make sure that RAM is performing correctly.

Also, in general, I find Firefox to be dreadfully slow...I only use it to access sites that don't support Safari.

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thanks no this memory is extra i buy from a local computer shop
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Therein lies your problem. The Intel Macs use 667 Mhz RAM, the RAM you bought is too slow for the machine. You can continue using it, but you may run into problems like you are right now.

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Well, you did slow your Mac down some with that memory.

I find most browsers open slow the first time after a re-boot: in the 5-10 second range. Once loaded into memory though, it should only take 1-3 seconds to load your home page depending on the site and your connection speed.

And if you don't care for Safari, you might give Opera a try.

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Firefox here on my Imac is one of the slowest to load browsers I have used. It does it on ANY machine in the house. Once it's opened it's fine, but it takes the longest to launch on both PPC and Intel Macs here and I have most every browser installed that is available for OSX.

The other users are right though, if the RAM is supposed to be 667 and you are running 533, you might run into problems.
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what is the best memory brand / type for my mac
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Take a trip over to crucial.com and use their memory finder. It will match the correct memory modules to your specific computer. Once you find out exactly what specs you need, you can buy from them or another site like Newegg.com or elsewhere.

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The difference between 533Mhz and 667Mhz is miniscule and sometimes 533Mhz can actually be faster: http://www.anandtech.com/memory/showdoc.aspx?i=2800&p=7

Firefox is slow to start up because it's a fairly bloated program. Safari is quicker to load.
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I think it's more about getting the right type for your Mac so you don't run in to any problems later in your MacLife. 667 MHz is what your MBP's designed to have.
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If the computer requires 667Mhz Ram You never put slower speed Ram in it. Sure some well designed Ram Chips will go higher than rated speed, but you are taking a chance.
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If the computer requires 667Mhz Ram You never put slower speed Ram in it. Sure some well designed Ram Chips will go higher than rated speed, but you are taking a chance.
The reasoning behind this is not that you might be able to find slower rated speed but higher performing RAM, but rather when you put in slower rated RAM, the system must slow down its bus speed to match the RAM....and this in turn slows down the whole computer.

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