Mozilla Makes Dell Sleepy?

My Dell 700m is ususally in “hibernation” when I need it. I’ve found that if I leave Firefox (especially Firefox) or Thunderbird open when I let the machine go into standby (and then into hibernation), it will take up to 5-8 minutes to wake up. If I remember to close Firefox and Thunderbird first before I put it away and let it go to sleep, it will generally wake up in 20 seconds or so.

Usually, Firefox and Thunderbird are the only applications running when I see this – on rare occasion I’ll have UltraEdit or IE open, but they don’t seem to have any impact.

Machine specs, in case this info is useful:

  • 2.0ghz Dothan processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Latest XP Professional
  • McAfee VirusScan
  • Firefox 1.5rc3
  • Tunderbird 1.5b2

Also, Firefox is slow to start up when not running. I did a few quick searches but couldn’t find anything relevant to this. Anyone have any ideas?