The following tips are especially aimed at the lowest low-end Macs, such as the Mac Plus, SE, Classic, LC, Mac II, SE/30, PowerBook 100, and other models with older, slower processors or limited memory. However, some of the hints will help anyone using a browser.
Here is a Top 10 list for speeding up your browser:
- If you have a 68881 FPU in your Mac, replace it with a 68882. (The only Mac to ship with a 68881 was the Mac II.) If your Mac doesn’t have an FPU but can take one (via a card in IIsi or LC), get it.
- Always user 32-bit addressing, regardless of physical RAM size. (68000-based Macs can’t do this; older Macs may require Mode32 to use 32-bit addressing.)
- Empty your browser cache periodically.
- Set the Monitor control panel to black and white/1-bit.
- Set your browser not to auto-load images.
- If your Mac uses system memory for video (esp. IIsi, IIci), install a NuBus video card. Alternative: use IIsi-RAM-Muncher to prevent the OS from using the same bank of memory used for video.
- Turn off Virtual Memory, which is excruciatingly slow on a 68030-based Mac. Get more physical memory instead. If that isn’t possible, use RAM Doubler instead of Virtual Memory.
- Increase Navigator’s heap size to largest possible.
- Put browser’s cache folder on your RAM disk (Apple’s RAM disk or a third party one such as ramBunctious or AppDisk). See ShrinkWrap, a RAM Disk Alternative for another option.
- Use Netscape Navigator 2.02.
Hope this helps speed your experience on the world wide web – and happy surfing!
This article is adapted from a posting by Steve Strahm to the Vintage Macs email list.