Why firefox page scrolling is slow on Ubuntu 14.04?


You might need to install your video cards drivers. By default ubuntu usually installs the open source version which sometimes don't work as well.

You can find out if this is the case by type "Additional Drivers" into the launcher -> search scopes.

It should look something like this. Make sure you pick the Nvidia Legacy I believe is the correct version for your Video Card. enter image description here

You can also try and enable smooth scrolling in Firefox if it isn't activated.

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Updated on September 18, 2022


  • algorix
    algorix 9 months

    Why on the firefox default installation (on 14.04) the page scrolling is so slow?

    With Chromium I haven't this problem.

    My hw: 4GB RAM and a nvidia video card (9600 GT).


    • Elder Geek
      Elder Geek over 8 years
      Could you edit your question and make it a bit less subjective? Slow is such a relative term.... A drive with Grandma might make that obvious......
    • algorix
      algorix over 8 years
      Well, it seems fixed "Upgrade: firefox:amd64 35.0+build3-0ubuntu0.14.04.2 to 35.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1".
  • algorix
    algorix over 8 years
    Thanks, good tip. However with Chromium the problem don't exist, so I think this is a issue with firefox on Ubuntu (maybe with all linux distros, I dunno).
  • Goddard
    Goddard over 8 years
    Look at my revised answer.
  • algorix
    algorix over 8 years
    Thanks, excellent tip! But the last upgrade (today morning GMT-2) from canonical seems to fix the issue: "Upgrade: firefox:amd64 35.0+build3-0ubuntu0.14.04.2, 35.0.1+build1-0ubuntu0.14.04.1".