I'm currently seeing my PC getting bogged down by Firefox 11.0 alone with only one hundred tabs open.

Resulting in a memory use of over 530M , VM size of over 800M and an insane amount of page faults (easily reaching 100 million over the course of the day). The PF delta during normal operation easily reaches 7k with peaks to 15k sometimes reaching over 20k.

This leads to a (real) deterioration to response time when switching, opening and closing tabs, opening menus, typing, ...

My question is: Am I right in assuming that plugging in more RAM (either adding 2x1GB or replacing the existing RAM with 2x2GB or 4x1GB) will solve this problem?

My specs:

  • Windows XP Home Edition SP3 (32 bit)
  • Intel Core Duo 2,4 GHz
  • 2x512MB RAM 800MHz DDR2 (dual channel)
  • 4MB unified cache
  • 320GB HDD
  • Intel G33 (X3100) onboard graphics (no graphics card but PCI express x16 slot is available)
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    From SU's faq: "[This site] is not about ... shopping or buying recommendation[s]". Apr 7, 2012 at 14:21
  • @DanielAndersson I altered the nuance of the question to just "will X solve my problem" Apr 7, 2012 at 15:58
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    @studiohack I altered the nuance of the question to just "will X solve my problem" Apr 7, 2012 at 16:01
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    With only 100 tabs open? Are you serious? What is your expectation with only 1 gig of RAM? Apr 7, 2012 at 17:55
  • @Kyle not as severe a slowdown as I experience now Apr 7, 2012 at 18:23

2 Answers 2


I took the plunge and upgraded my memory with an additional 2 gigs

and it solved my problem

  • Memory is the right thing, as you found out. FF with 100 tabs can never be used with the term "only" except in jest. FF is a memory hog even without 100 tabs, and trying to run even just plain ol' XP with only 1GB of RAM is asking for trouble. 2GB is the minimum that XP will run well on, just the OS. Apr 17, 2012 at 13:51

Believe it or not... me upgrading my workstation to an SSD has done miracles.

Furthermore, /Apps -> SSD /home -> spinner :) (Not sure if you can do the same on windows)

However, to answer your particular question.... use the SSD as a swap drive :)))))))) you have too many tabs open for the class of machine you're on :)

Hope this helps

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