Messed-Up Text in Safari

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Axemantitan, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Axemantitan macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2008
    Ever since the last security update, I have been having trouble with the text in part of a web page becoming garbled. It happens when I am scrolling through a page. I can fix it by highlighting the text and it will go away. It remains legible after I take the highlighting away. It does not happen every time I scroll, but it does happen randomly throughout the day. I have owned my Macbook for almost a year and this problem has only come up since the last security update. Has anyone else encountered this same problem?
  2. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
  3. Clancycoop macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2007
    Just a thought- make sure your default text size isn't too big. Safari Preferences/Appearance
  4. tekmoe macrumors 68000

    Feb 12, 2005
    having this same exact problem.


    what is the deal. anyone know of a fix? if i reboot, it seems fine for awhile but eventually starts doing it again.

    i have a late 2008 macbook pro.
  5. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    I also have this problem and apparently many others also do according to the Apple forums.

    I thought it was fixed with the firmware update. Before that it was very severe.

    It's bad again now. I suppose they will fix it, but who knows.

    I makes me a little angry. These are not cheap devices.

    Macbook Unibody
  6. PacMookBro macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2007

    I also have the exact same problem with Unibody MacBook Pro. Any fixes?
  7. austen0316 macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2008
    I'm having the same problem here, does anybody know whats up?
  8. PacMookBro macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2007
    I've backed up all my files to external drive manually without using Time Machine and reformatted the drive and performed a clean install of Leopard and, finally, installed all the updates. Since then I'm yet to see the garbled text after two weeks. When I got my Unibody, I transferred all my files using Time Machine backup from the previous non-unibody MBP and saw the problem. So maybe that's the cause? :confused:
  9. jwcosta macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2011
    Solution to this Problem

    Hi. Safari was driving me nuts on my brand new MacBook Pro and I was having the same problem of messed up/jumbled text on certain web sites. I couldn't even place an order on certain sites like Amazon or make a hotel reservation, for example, because the fill-in boxes had text all over them. I finally called technical support and escalated my call to one of the senior advisers. At last, she came up with a solution. The issue (at least for me) was in Safari preferences. Some of the preferences that I had changed over time were somehow interfering with how certain web sites appeared.

    In summary, you have to delete any .plist files which have the word "Safari" in them. For me, these files were:

    Once I deleted these and rebooted my MacBook Pro, Safari was returned to it's original state as it appeared when I first got the computer (i.e. the "Welcome" screen, etc.). This completedly solved my problem, and now all of my web sites are looking great with no jumbled text.

    To find these .plist files, do the following:

    1) Open the Finder window
    2) Under "Places", click on the house icon (i.e. your hard drive icon)
    3) Go to Library ----> Preferences and then expand the list of files that pops up so that you can read them all. Look for anything that has the word Safari in it (i.e. the two files that I mention above). Drag them to the Trash.
    4) Close all windows and restart your computer.
    5) After the Restart, open Safari. You will be back at the default Safari "Welcome" screen that first appeared when you got your computer. Try navigating to the troublesome web sites. I hope you will find that your problem is solved. It worked for me!

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