This issue is present since Firefox v3.6 and now it's 3.6.6 without any changes. When I start Firefox, it takes more than 5 minutes to start and it kills me. I have the same version at home with more addons, but it starts in 2 seconds. The slow Firefox is on an IBM R50e with 1 GB RAM (OK, this laptop is old but 5 minute starting time is still too much), Windows XP SP3, and the laptop is starting the other programs in an acceptable duration. Installed addons (all up-to-date):
- AdBlock Plus
- Firefox Sync
- Java Console
- Java Quick Starter
- Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant
- Tab Mix Plus
- WebMail Notifier
One more thing: When I start Win XP and then start Firefox, Firefox takes more than 5 minutes to start. If I close and restart Firefox, it takes around a minute. So this issue seems to have something with the first start of FF after an OS reboot. Note that I tested FF's startup duration after Win XP starts properly loading all XP startup programs (Antivirus, Outlook, VNC, Office Communicator, SoundMax Control Panel, and Intel Graphics. That's all).
Any suggestions to ease my pain?