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looking4awayout

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  1. I'm working on it right now, doing various tests. Once done I'll upload it. EDIT: 45 ESR version of the UOC Patch and Enforcer have been fixed. Please re-download and update!
  2. While the 38 ESR version seems to behave as it should, I am working on the 45 ESR version, hoping I can iron it enough to squeeze some extra performance out of it. I still need to rewrite the Macintosh version. Please test the 45 ESR version of the patch and the Enforcer and let me know the outcome. Stay tuned!
  3. UPDATE! I have done an extensive modification on both the 38 ESR and the 45 ESR versions of the UOC Patch and the Enforcer. This has allowed me to drastically reduce the filesize (the UOC Patch and the Enforcer now are only 4kb large!), as well as improving the overall responsiveness of the browsers. Please update and let me know how your machine works after applying them! The only version I haven't touched yet is the Macintosh version, as I do not have access to my Mac Mini right now. Once I have access to it, I will port the updates to that platform as well.
  4. UPDATE! I have done some major reworks to the previous version, as I have found some bugs that for some reason I overlooked. I also have implemented some new entries in the UOC Enforcer. I have released the new version of the UOC Patch, N2H. Please test it, as I might do some changes in the meantime. The UOC Enforcer is now rquired in order to fully enjoy the optimizations introduced by the new version. So, do not forget to install both the UOC Patch and the Enforcer! An explanation on how to install the UOC Enforcer is written in the main post. Build number is N2H.
  5. You should use the same plugins I use... They would make your life way easier.
  6. @vipejc I am sorry to say this, but I will not take part in these tests, because as I already said, my system is not capable enough of running HTML5 videos in software rendering without lagging, spiking the CPU usage to 100% or slowing the system down to a crawl. For my setup, I use better alternatives which I already mentioned before. And unlike VP9 and OpenH264, they are actually hardware accelerated... If I had a working Radeon HD4670, I could have tried. But the only one I had caused Windows to freeze at the splash screen, and after a couple of reboots, the card no longer POSTs.
  7. UPDATE! I have done some reworks on the UOC Patch, removing double entries and some other ones that were not applied by the patch. The default framerate has been increased to 240, as it makes scrolling smoother and the maximum amount of layers has been reduced to 6, which seems to be a good compromise between usability and performance. The fix for choppy scrolling with ATI cards has been implemented in the UOC Enforcer. Some of the entries that were formerly located in the core UOC Patch have been moved to the UOC Enforcer, that now is required in order to fully enjoy the optimizations introduced by the new version. So, do not forget to install both the UOC Patch and the Enforcer! An explanation on how to install the UOC Enforcer is written in the first post of this thread. Build number is N2G. The current version of the UOC Patch for Macintosh has been tested on an Intel based Mac Mini 1.1 running System 10.6.8 "Snow Leopard" and using Arctic Fox as a web browser, however it is currently untested on Power Macintosh computers. So, if you have a fast Power Macintosh system (can be either a Power Macintosh AIO G4/G5 or an iBook/ Powerbook G4), please test it and let me know how it runs with TenFourFox. G3 Macintoshes might apply, but I cannot assure how the Patch and the Enforcer would behave on such ancient setups (even though the latest version of the Patch + Enforcer has proven to work very well on a Celeron Mendocino system with 256MB of RAM, Windows 2000 + Extended Kernel and using the onboard Intel Extreme Graphics IGP of the i810 chipset.) None of the UOC Patch + Enforcer version have been tested on Firefox Quantum. Which is obvious, because if your system can run Firefox Quantum, it means you clearly don't need the UOC Patch and the Enforcer in order to make it run better. Plus, Quantum has many differences from the "classic" versions of Firefox and derivatives, and so, I won't support it. WARNING: In case you use @roytam1 K-Meleon Goanna as your main browser and you encounter rendering errors and artifacts when you scroll a webpage, open the UOC Enforcer (user.js, located in your K-Meleon Goanna profile folder) and set the following value "layers.enable-tiles" to False. As always, please update to the latest version, test the Patch and the Enforcer on as many old machines as possible, let me know the outcome. Happy RDDin'! EDIT: I have also removed the [Experimental] tag from the thread title, as the UOC Patch and the Enforcer have proven to be a solution to optimize Mozilla-based browsers for old machines. EDIT 2: I have added a little Paypal Donation button in the main post of this thread. Why? You will ask. "Looking4awayout is e-begging!!!111!!1!!!1!oneoneoneone" someone will say. Nope, I'm not e-begging, even though my financial situation is in dire straits. I've just put the donation button as a way for anyone to send me a little tip of appreciation for the efforts behind the development of the Patch, basically just a way to say thank you. Mind you, this doesn't mean that the UOC Patch will become a commercial product. Never! The Patch is and will be always free. It's just a way for someone to show some appreciation if they feel like. The button is there for anyone who wants to donate something, it's not yelling "DONATE ME" at people. Besides, I am happy to read about people who have improved the web performance of their old machines thanks to the Patch and the Enforcer. And I never thought it would have become so popular, back when I developed the first prototype of the patch for my Tualatin RDD. Which means, I must say a big "thank you" to everyone who downloads and uses the Patch and the Enforcer on their machine, and to MSFN for believing in me and my idea of breathing some life into obsolete hardware, which still works fine and does not deserve to be scrapped only because "it's old".
  8. Just peeking in, I do remember that HTML5 videos do work if I enable the OpenH264 plugin in Firefox 45 ESR SSE. However, I don't know if Primetime works. On the other hand, I tend to avoid using those on my system, because they bring the CPU usage up to the sky as my video card does not accelerate those videos, so, at least for YouTube, I use YT 2 Player in tandem with Greasemonkey + Viewtube, so I can watch the videos in VLC with actual hardware acceleration. I don't have more powerful SSE only CPUs than the overclocked 1.4Ghz Tualatin I use daily. I used to have a video card that could theoretically accelerate those videos natively, an ATI Radeon HD4670, but I never got the system boot to Windows with that card installed, and after a couple of reboots it stopped POSTing without giving any other sign of life.
  9. Do you have another HDD to test? Usually this kind of problem is caused by a faulty buffer in the hard drive. If you have replaced it with another old HDD, I do not exclude it might be faulty as well.
  10. I have tested the files and on my system, the rendering errors persist if I enable tiled compositing. On the other hand, if I enable asynchronous pan and zoom, K-Meleon doesn't crash, but this happens: The scrollbars get hidden by the website, in fact when I scroll the page and I reach the end, the bars appear. As soon as I scroll back to the beginning, the bars get hidden. No rendering errors if asynchronous pan and zoom is enabled, in this case.
  11. Yep, I use Windowblinds 5.1. Runs great. I can test the builds for you if you want to import the commits. Maybe it could also be the chance to fix the broken async.pan-zoom feature in those two browsers as well. (when I enable it, the scrollbars disappear, rendering me unable to scroll. Does not happen on FF45 ESR SSE and SeaMonkey).
  12. UPDATE: New, experimental versions of the UOC Patch and the respective Enforcers are compiled and ready. I have not shared them publicly yet because I need beta testers. This time I have done more extensive changes, mostly in the Enforcer files, so I would need someone who can test the patches and report eventual issues. I have already reported to roytam1 the glitches in K-Meleon Goanna and New Moon 27 (in a lesser way) when tiled compositing is enabled, but I don't know if there might be issues with other machines. So if anybody wants to test the patches with all the browsers (SSE and SSE2 ones), including the Macintosh version (preferably someone who owns both a PowerPC and an Intel Macintosh), please let me know.
  13. Hi @roytam1 , I have to report a bug that I have stumbled upon in K-Meleon Goanna. Whenever I set this option: layers.enable-tiles to true, in order to enable full hardware acceleration with the X1950 Pro, I get the following issue: Whenever I scroll the window, I get garbled graphics, black or white squares or garbled text. It goes away as soon as I scroll away or if I hover the mouse cursor on the affected area, but reappears shortly after. It also happens with New Moon 27, in a lesser way. It does not happen in Firefox 45 ESR SSE and SeaMonkey, for some reason.
  14. Makes me wonder if it could be possible to port the Sync system to Roytam1's browsers, if it's not implemented. That would be useful for people like you who use that feature.
  15. Why do you keep using Firefox 51? You can use @roytam1's Serpent or New Moon 28 which are more updated, support the most recent security protocols, and won't break websites as they are supported and updated. Since your computer has an SSE2 capable CPU, it should be able to run these browsers and perhaps, solving the compatibility issues that you are having with certain sites. Regarding user agents, I use an add-on called UAControl. It lets you change the user agent per website, so if you visit a website that goes bonkers with your browser because it runs on an old version/old OS, just change the user agent to a compatible one, and it will be changed automatically on the fly, whenever you visit that site. I use Firefox 45 ESR SSE (as I have a Pentium III CPU, and so SSE only), don't have incompability issues yet (although sometimes ReCAPTCHA says I need to upgrade, but I'm going to wait for the next release of FF45 ESR SSE), but when it comes to certain sites that force me to use another user agent in order to display them correctly, I just use UAControl and call it a day. These are my two cents, of course. In my opinion, try to give a go at those two browsers, see if they satisfy your needs.
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