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Safari has to be the worst software Apple has ever made!

JAYGEE

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May 24, 2008
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When I first bought my Macbook, which had Tiger on it, Safari was awful. I used Firefox when I had Tiger, but since I upgraded to Leopard, I have used Safari, as it was useable, but recently it has started to play up again, with the beach ball appearing when web pages are loading, and Safari crashing when I quit it.

I don't want to use Firefox, or other web browsers, as Safari has features that I use, like right-click dictionary (which as wikipedia option), and webpage clipping.

I restart Safari sometimes, but that doesn't do much to help :(
 

MacDawg

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Mar 20, 2004
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Since many, many others use Safari without these issues, then the answer is likely that there are issues with your set up, not necessarily with Safari.

RAM, 3rd party hacks, free disk space, internet connections, etc. etc. can all have an effect.

Post some of the specifics of your system and the circumstances to see if we can help you resolve the issue.

Woof, Woof – Dawg
 

James17

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Dec 13, 2007
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That's weird because it never crashes on my MBP. Have you got the latest version installed, 3.1.2 ? What about uninstalling it then installing it again, have you tried that?
 

Matek

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Jun 6, 2007
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The worst piece of software Apple has ever made is definitely iTunes (and Safari) for Windows :D.

I'm more satisfied with the OS X versions, but I know what you're talking about. Safari occasionally does that (even on a clean os x install and without 3rd party plugins) to me as well.

I don't worry about it. As someone already said, Firefox is great. You can make it do pretty much anything Safari does (with the exception of awsome page scrolling) with a couple of extensions and now that 3.0 is out, it's generally a better browser than Safari in nearly every aspect.

the only site that it sometimes struggles with hotmail - I wonder why that could be? :)
Darn, it must really be Safari, since everything works on Opera and Firefox, not just Internet Explorer ;).
 

kkat69

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Aug 30, 2007
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3 Macs with Safari, each of them use it daily. No issues at all here. In fact, Firefox isn't even installed on 2 of them and it runs good with them, I use Firefox most of the time on my iMac but I do use safari as well and it has yet to crash or crash systems on any of my 3.
 

JAYGEE

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May 24, 2008
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The problem isn't with Safari, as it works fine on my systems. There must be something different about your setup that is causing it to act up.

It will be the default setup, as I haven't changed anything about it, since bought my Macbook, and again with the Leopard install.

I have read about other people who have trouble like me. I guess Safari just doesn't want to work properly for some people :(
 

JAYGEE

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May 24, 2008
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That's weird because it never crashes on my MBP. Have you got the latest version installed, 3.1.2 ? What about uninstalling it then installing it again, have you tried that?

I seems to get worse with every software update :(
 

HLdan

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It will be the default setup, as I haven't changed anything about it, since bought my Macbook, and again with the Leopard install.

I have read about other people who have trouble like me. I guess Safari just doesn't want to work properly for some people :(

You're right for "some people". I'll have to add myself to the list of loving Safari. It works great for me. Yesterday I had to use Vista's I.E 7 for a test I had to take. It was so cumbersome and I didn't care for the look of the font either. I realized that I could have taken the test on Safari so I finished it up in Safari and the experience was so much better.
I generally don't have problems with Safari. Now the Windows version is a different story.
 

Consultant

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Safari works great on both OSX and xp, on multiple computers from g4 to santa rosa intel mac.

Create a new user account to see if it's a problem there.

Have you ever repaired permission?

How much free space is on your harddrive?
 

BlackMax

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Jan 14, 2007
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I've never had Safari crash on me, but I've had weird issues where it would not work correctly with GMail and it would download docx files as folders (never did figure this one out) and I found it was generally slower than Firefox3 which doesn't have any of the issues described.
 

Silver-Fox

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Jan 8, 2007
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I've never had Safari crash on me, but I've had weird issues where it would not work correctly with GMail and it would download docx files as folders (never did figure this one out) and I found it was generally slower than Firefox3 which doesn't have any of the issues described.

actually thats a point mine never, never, never loads hotmail or live mail lol
 

elppa

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Nov 26, 2003
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Firefox3 rules the earth.

Firefox3 rules the earth.

Not my earth it doesn't. That's a stupid thing to write without any qualification. We don't need another Safari vs Firefox thread without any rational debate. People like different things. Some prefer the usability and performance of Safari, others prefer to tinker and tweak with Firefox.

Safari on Windows (at least Vista) runs fine now.
 

Keleko

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I've been using Firefox 3 ever since it was officially released. No beachball problems, faster page loading, and better memory management (finally a browser that doesn't LEAK!) make it superior to Safari for me. I don't use the other features Safari has that aren't in the base Firefox, so I don't miss them.

Don't get me wrong - Safari isn't a terrible browser. However, Firefox (at least how I use it) is just better for my needs.
 

MacDawg

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Mar 20, 2004
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However, Firefox (at least how I use it) is just better for my needs.

Exactly... each user is different and has different needs

If someone needs or wants all of the latest/greatest add-ons then Firefox is great

If someone is more interested in Safari's feature set, that's great too

Nothing like having choices, and the choice is up to the individual user

Woof, Woof – Dawg
 

bobr1952

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Jan 21, 2008
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I like FF and it was my primary browser when I had a PC. With my iMac, I've switched to Safari and am very happy with it. I have no performance issues with Safari--and it does everything I need from a browser.

I certainly agree it is really just a matter of choice--and it's nice to have two products like FF and Safari to choose from.
 

JAYGEE

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May 24, 2008
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Thats clearly not true is it

It never crashes for me like many people it has to be your system

Yes, it's true.

I guess it must be something to do with the hardware, as what are the odds that it wont work properly on Tiger & Leopard.

Had it over a year now, so to late to take it back :(
 
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