Safari is gone.. please help me

Discussion in 'macOS' started by eykis, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. eykis macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    Kolding in Denmark
    Hi, there - I am new in this forum. The danish forum can't help me. I hope someone here can help - I can call US-landline if anyone wants to help that way.
    I have a Mackbook OS X version 10.5.8
    Safari dissapeared! And I have tried to download Safari many times and only get; "your system is not big enough for this version"
    I want my safari back - please help me

    Eventually I downloaded something and it was Opera!!! I want Opera OUT of my system but don't know how... I draged and dumped it... but still everything opens in Opera

    Please help a lost Dane
  2. chrisman macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2011
    Hopewell, Virginia
    press command-option-space
    "Search: This Mac | File Name"
    In the search field type "safari"
    If you find it, select it and press command-r and it will take you to where it is.

    If you don't have it, then how are you getting onto the internet?
  3. eykis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    Kolding in Denmark
    Thank you for taking the time to answer me,

    I am online with this Opera-thing I also have Firefox if I wanted to use it.

    I searched for Safari and as I said there is NOTHING, only a folder with "bookmarks" and nothing else.

    Please explain why I can't download Safari without the "your system is not big enough" - message....
  4. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    You may be trying to download the latest version of Safari (5.1), which only runs on Lion. That's why you're getting an error. Either that, or you have almost no disk space left. I'm not sure what "big enough" is referring to, though I'm almost completely certain it's referring to the system version.

    Do you have any software updates to run? Try running all your software updates and see if that brings back Safari.

    This download page is the latest version specific to Leopard.
  5. eykis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    Kolding in Denmark
    Software updates? How do I do that? U are talking to a newbie... I know very little of Mac-stuff.
    Please can U help me through this? in iChat I'm

  6. eykis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    Kolding in Denmark
    Please help a newbie!

    Safari is totally gone from my Macbook OS X Version 10.5.8 so I am online with firefox and that's not working for me...
    HOW do I get Safari back - when I download it I constantly get the message that my version don't match.
    Please anyone? Go online with me in iChat?
    I can call US landline for free (I am in Denmark)
    I need my Mac to work - and I'm a virgin in this universe.
  7. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Where is it gone from? The Dock or the Applications folder? Try using Spotlight in the upper right corner and type in Safari. What do you get?

    You can also download the 10.5.8 combo update which puts Safari v4.0.2 back on.
  8. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Software update is in the Apple Menu (you know, the one that looks like the Apple symbol in the upper left corner). Did you try the download link I provided?

    Did you read this thread?



    The OP has already tried it and it isn't there. I get the feeling the OP bought the Mac used. Likely the previous owner didn't like Safari and decided to simply delete it.
  9. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    I doubt you have TimeMachine setup, but if you do, go to TimeMachine and go to applications folder and go back until you see Safari. Click on it and then click restore.

    Other than that like someone previously mentioned. Download the correct Safari version from the web.
  10. Quad5Ny, Aug 27, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2011

    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    The Safari download page proably trys to give you v5.1, which is not compatable with Leopard.

    With a little searching you can find v5.0.6 which was released along side the new v5.1. It does not have the new features but it does have one important feature, it's compatible with 10.5.8 (Leopard). :p

    Anyway, blah blah blah, you want the link right? - or (Direct Download)


    EDIT: Sorry iThinkergoiMac, I did not see you already posted the same link.

  11. Daffodil macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    In a sunny state of mind
    Hopefully you got everything working, since you haven't posted back with more issues, but fyi, to change the default browser, go to Safari>Preferences>General and then choose your default web browser from the drop down list at the top.

    I thought it was kinda counterintuitive that you'd have to change it though safari, but that's another good reason not to ever delete safari.
  12. eykis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    Kolding in Denmark
    Hi again

    Safari is back - so I click on safari and it opens and close imideatly..... HOW do I now UN-install Safari?
    Do I just do as last time; search Safari and drag it all into the wastebasket?

    Unless u guessed.... I'm new at this. and very frustated because I got a Mac to get away from the "update" "virus" crap on a PC.

    U know a direct contact in 5 min with one of you experts would probably solve my problem....

  13. englishman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
  14. eykis thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2011
    Kolding in Denmark
    Pleeeeease am I nut's?

    I have done it all - everything U are telling me to do. I threw safari out. restartede. I downloaded from the link englishman send me, all went fine. I restartede.
    I drag the safari icon into my list with icons on the bottom of the screen. I click and safari opens... and closes. Then a pop-up window comes with options: I can send report to apple, ignore or relaunch.
    I relaunch and it closes again.

    So I am still here - my safari is not gone, it will just not open. I am online in firefox. But that's not the point - why is Safari not working?
    What am I doing wrong?
    Anyone who can help... in iChat or "live" in any other way because this don't seems to work -
  15. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Sounds like you might have mucked it up enough to be worth considering a full reinstall of OSX.
  16. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    Have you tried using the 10.5.8 combo update? It may be worth a try before considering a full reinstall.
  17. ZenStarwalker macrumors newbie


    Apr 2, 2018
    The usual suspect of this issue is the time has been reset therefor updates won't process because the time has to be manually set. Go to your time properties on top right and set. Then go apple icon and update
  18. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    I suspect that the OP finally figured something out --- more than 6 years ago, and has not returned since that last post in 2011.
    Not really related to updates, anyway. The OP had some issues with preference files in the user account. It would have been easy to fix from that idea.

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