Firefox Download Manager Slow and Annoying. Please Fix.

Jeffrey Powers - @geekazine

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  • Moustafa Sedick

    That is true , please fix this bug , I am using firefox and when I download I have to use internet explorer to brows internet

  • Muhammed10

    simple solution to speed up ur downloads https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/201

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sammamish-WA/Park-Gallery/207533451275 travelgirl

    my problem is more that the last 2-3% of any download will take almost a full minute, even when the file is less than 100k. the entire FF process comes to a grinding halt doing whatever it’s doing in the background and, yes, it’s unacceptable in this day and age.

  • Brian

    I’ve had the same problem with FF’s downloading. The start of each download takes longer and longer with each progressive download. Waits start out at just a few seconds for the download to start but increase with each additional download until the wait for a download to start is up to 10 or 15 MINUTES!!! During the waits, nothing else at all can be done in FF. Other programs can be used, but FF refuses to do anything until the download starts.

    Finally, I get fed up with waiting and I need to reboot. After the reboot the cycle starts all over again with reasonable waits for the first downloads and then unexcusable waits soon enough.

    I can definitely confirm that this is a big issue for me. Now that I’ve read here that the problem does not show up with downloads using IE, I guess I’ll try using that (though I detest Microsoft).

    p.s. I just tried finding my downloads with FF and then using IE to download them. No waits, so far.

  • Robert A

    I have the same slow downloads with FF with a 100k download taking 3 min or more to download.
    So now i use IE more than i do FF looks like FF does not care no more about the user of FF but more about money.

  • Tom H

    I have been getting more and more upset about these slow downloads. And it’s affecting more than FF negatively. Had a telnet program abend twice while I was waiting for a large download. Using Chrome to download for now. That is so swift!!! Best download speed I’ve ever seen. It is so stupid. I want to use FF with all my favorite plugins like Noscript and Roboform. And it sounds like their attitude at Mozilla is the real issue.

  • Tsais

    Firefox download manager isn’t only slow, it lets 4MB downloads die after they are half way through. It seems to lack the ability to “ping to help keep the connection alive” other download managers have. there’s not even a dedicated tab in the options menu to configure the freaking thing!

    Another thing I observed: if it starts at for example 6kbp/s, it will slowly drop from there. unlike other downloaders, its speed will not go down a little and back up a little, it will just go one way – down. Until eventually it stops without completing the file.

    All the download addons are lazy crapware that just alter cosmetics. No improved handling of the data flow.

    If the site lets me choose an alternate download manager like flashget, getright or others, the downloads complete just fine.

    I absolutely don’t get why not one of all the programmers at Mozilla are incapable of writing a decent download manager. This one has got to be the laziest pos downloader I’ve ever seen :S

  • bfu

    well, it seems that mozzila developers will never learn… I’m using FF version 4.0.1 and the bug is back again and much worse than ever (as far as I remember) for big files (500MB+)… I think I will be switching to Chrome or Opera soon :-/