Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Whenever I load a page with animated gifs, they start out playing really, really slow, almost like the computer is taking its time to load each frame individually. I've checked that the same problem exists in Firefox, IE and Chrome, and exists on several of the computers of my LAN (I haven't checked every single one).

After the browser "loads" all the frames, the animated gif will play normally. It seems like it won't play right until it is cached.

Can I fix this?

share|improve this question

closed as too localized by Nifle, TFM, 8088, Mokubai, Siim K Mar 3 '13 at 11:12

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

4  
Well, what you're observing is pretty much exactly what's happening. The browser loads the image, the image is made up of individual frames, so you only see the frames that were loaded so far. –  Oliver Salzburg Mar 2 '13 at 15:45
    
That example page is full of junk, so you have to wait for most of it to finish loading. Try accessing one of the pictures diiectly, it's a little faster. But as Oliver points out, that's just the way it is. What makes you think it's any slower on your LAN than another? –  techie007 Mar 2 '13 at 15:49
    
Over on StackOverflow: Why do animated gif images take so long to load? –  techie007 Mar 2 '13 at 15:51
    
If you do a basic Google search, you'll find it not just you. :) –  techie007 Mar 2 '13 at 15:52
    
Yep. Nothing to fix. It's just a matter of the way things work. –  Roney Michael Mar 2 '13 at 15:53
show 3 more comments

1 Answer

up vote 1 down vote accepted

That example page is full of junk, so you have to wait for most of it to finish loading. Try accessing one of the pictures directly, it's a little faster.

But as Oliver points out in his comment, that's just the way it is with Gifs.

More info over on StackOverflow: Why do animated gif images take so long to load?

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks, techie007. I was figuring as much. –  BGM Mar 2 '13 at 20:28
    
I don't know that it is only slow on my LAN - it just didn't seem right to me. –  BGM Mar 2 '13 at 20:30
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.