Browser problems

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Carrot007, May 11, 2008.

  1. Carrot007 macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006

    I've been having some intermittent browsing problems for some time now and have seen various discussions here and elsewhere that could well be the same issue but none of them resolve anything (and most terminated early or with no resolution). Anyway i thought it high time I asked here myself and see If I can get anything sorted.

    The Problem:
    Web browsing seems to have issues loading GFX.

    It is not a problem with my net connection as other connected machine do not show this problem.
    it does not show on a fresh install (although since it happens intermittently this is not 100% definate)
    I use Firefox but it also happens on Safari or Opera.


    Taken on windows box at same time for comparison:

    It is also happening on this "Post New Thread" page, some pages are always ok, some are mostly bad, but occasioanlyl load fine.

    The Box:
    Has the following since a re-install yesterday (yeah I know what some people think of reinstalls, but they don't bother me and I am trying to get some answers here and I had to start somewhere)
    OS X 10.5 fully updated (clean install, removed languages and left only gutenprint printer drivers)
    Caffeine 1.02
    Firefox 3 beta (like I said it happens on any browser and did when I used FF 2)
    Google Earth
    OpenOffice 3 beta (I used NeoOffice prior to this rebuild)
    Opera beta
    VMWare Fusion

    So any ideas anyone? Everything I've tried has not really got me anywhere.

  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    on the firefox end, all I can think of are. clear caches and cookies. (last resot would be a new profile)

    But if it happens across all browsers. I have to think it might be a leopard problem. I would try to use OnyX to clear system cache and do some maintain.

    good luck
  3. Carrot007 thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    Just thought I'd post my findings for anyone coming to this via search in the future.

    The problem turned out to be my adsl router.

    It just was not up to the job and randomly decided to not route some packets.

    There was nothing wrong with it, it just did not cope with the stress of multiple computers and a lot of requests.

    I replaced it with a nice netgear one and have not had problems since.

    The windows boxes also showed the problems sometimes but it was more common on the macs, I have no idea why this was (it could be that the default timeout for a request is longer on the mac so the failing packets just stalled the internet making it a bigger pain to use)

    Well at least that's over and I can browse normally again!

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