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firefox eating memory?

by Ck87.JF / December 2, 2007 4:22 PM PST

I've noticed that firefox seems to want to continually eat more & more memory, even if I close all 9230857 tabs that I had open, leaving just two or three (earlier, I had about six tabs max open, now just two) open. Closing all that doesn't affect memory, though ...

Firefox memory stats:
Commit Size : 202,384k
Peak working set : 183,124k

If you want me to list any of the other memory types offered by Vista's task manager, just let me know ...
Which, speaking of that, why does it offer 7 memory "types," and what do they all mean?

Anyway, my question is : why does firefox eat memory & not return it until it's completely closed?

MS Windows Vista Ultimate
Mozilla Firefox
-Download Sort
-Facebook Photo Album Downloader
-Facebook Toolbar
Crappy FoxConn motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ CPU
Corsair 512MBx2 = 1GB RAM

Thanks, g'day.

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Re: firefox memory leak
by Kees Bakker / December 2, 2007 4:47 PM PST
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"Crappy FoxConn motherboard"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2007 12:54 AM PST
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Hey I have one of those. It works but the documentation isn't fit for a fireplace.

Back to the real issue. I have noticed that when I have a few too many addins or an addin that isn't that well done (chestnuts roasting on an open fire...)

There is no real fix here except to trim back on the addins and hope you nail the right one.


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foxconn & firefox addons
by Ck87.JF / December 3, 2007 6:29 AM PST

this is possibly the most amusing reply I've ever gotten from you. Silly
the first time I got the board, it was DOA. RMA, and this time, it works but then again, "works" is subjective. Plus, the first one came with the manual, but the second one didn't - what's with that? Meh.

I'll try killing the extensions and seeing how that reacts ... I never use the facebook stuff, anyway, hah.

wasn't there some extension that actually tracked and monitored memory leaks, and made the user aware of the fact, and maybe even told what was causing it? I think I used to have it, but that was a few installs ago.

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That was digg'd awhile ago.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 3, 2007 6:32 AM PST
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by Ck87.JF / December 3, 2007 6:40 AM PST

cool, that looks nifty ... though it does seem it might show general memory information, rather than firefox-specific memory info (like, add-ons causing headache, etc)

anywho, thanks for the info.

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Keep and eye out for Firefox 3.0...
by John.Wilkinson / December 3, 2007 11:45 AM PST
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It includes patches for over 300 memory leaks in addition to the new functionality. Still exceeds IE7/Opera in many cases, but it's getting better.


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three hundred??
by Ck87.JF / December 3, 2007 11:51 AM PST

wow, that's a lot of leaks! and, at that, a lot fixed! nifty.
thanks for the info; I'd heard of ff3, but I wasn't sure if it'd be even bulkier.

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