Safari Crash

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Duffah, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Duffah macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
    Hi all!

    This my first time here, please be gentle!

    My Mum has an iBook G4.

    Safari crashes after loading 1 or 2 pages. It's running 10.3.9. Is the answer to just upgrade to Leopard? Is that even possible? Is it true that Snow Leopard is not possible to install on PowerPC macs?

    Sorry for so many questions! Really, she'll be happy if she can just get Safari working.

    Apologies if this topic has been covered elsewhere, but I couldn't find it, feel free to direct me to it if you know where it is.

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger might be the better choice, depending on what specific iBook you have:

    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is possible, but might be a bit slow with 1GHz and 512MB RAM.


    PS: Check the Console for hints.
  3. Duffah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
    Thanks for the advice.

    I don't actually get "model identifier", I get "Machine Model", which says "iBook G4". :rolleyes:

    I knew that, it says it below the screen!

    Anyhow, it's actually a 1.2ghz machine, but with only 256mb RAM.

    Console says 'Can't create semaphore lock'. Which means nothing to me.

    I can post the whole log, or even the error that it invites me to send to Apple?

    Thanks again for the assistance.
  4. MAC MAN JW macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
    Put 768MB+ Ram in your ibook and install Leopard. Leopard runs fine on my 12" 1.5 Ghz Powerbook g4 with only 768mb Ram. Leopard even runs good on a 733mhz quicksilver :)
  5. Duffah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
    Ok cool, will recommend that to my Mum, cheers.

    Any ideas on the Safari problem in the interim?
  6. mike457 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2010
    A friend of mine is having a similar problem, especially if she uses Google. It appears, if I understand this correctly, that Google has recently changed their implementation of Javascript. Apparently, if you go to safari preferences/security and deselect the Javascript option, the problem goes away. It will, however, make things look a little peculiar on some web pages, and you lose access to Google maps.

    An earlier version of Firefox, such as the one available here, might help.

    I've ordered additional ram for my friend's computer, and I'm going to install Leopard on it when the ram arrives.
  7. Duffah thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2011
    Fantastic! That worked a treat.

    Turned off Javascript, got the old version of Firefox, installed it, turned back on Javascript (in firefox as had imported settings from Safari) and now she has Google working fine. Even Maps.

    Obviously Safari is still f*@ked, but it'll work fine till I upgrade the RAM and install Leopard.

    Thanks all!


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