Does anyone know a way to change the settings in backtrack 5 that control how long Firefox, or browsers in general will wait for a response from a server before killing the connection?

Right now, firefox is trying to load a page; and either it will load instantly, or not at all(a server-side issue) and Firefox just waits, waits, waits; So what i'd like to do is SOMEHOW give the page like a second to load, and if it doesn't load instantly, just kill the connection.

I figured limiting firefox to a second to load might do the trick, any ideas?