Safari issue with downloads

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ps3zocker, May 24, 2014.

  1. ps3zocker macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    Since I finally got my new internet connection with 100 Mbit/s I've encountered a problem with Safari. Whenever I start a download (in Safari or in iTunes for example) it doesn't load webpages anymore. The progress bar is just stuck. I can access the internet in other browsers and with third party apps, though.

    When the download is finished, the stuck website immediately loads.

    Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. scaredpoet, May 24, 2014
    Last edited: May 24, 2014

    scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    First thing I would try is a different browser, like Google Chrome. Not SWITCH to it, but just using it temporarily and try doing the same things to see if the problem is the same.

    If it's not, then it can definitely traced to Safari; maybe the OS needs to be re-installed. If the same thing DOES happen with another browser though, then there's something else going on, possibly a QoS issue with the router being used, or maybe a slow/dying hard drive bogging things down as it's forced to write data. Could also be a RAM issue as well; maybe there's not enough to both buffer the download and render web pages.

    All of these are guesses of course, since there's no info here on what model of Mac you're using, its age or configuration.

    Other things to check: Are you on WiFi, or an ethernet connection?

    FWIW: I also have a 100Mbit connection at home (Ethernet on an iMac), and I can do multiple downloads and still load webpages fine on Safari. Same is true for the Gigabit ethernet and wifi connections at work, on both my personal 2013 MBA, and my work iMac.
  3. ps3zocker, May 25, 2014
    Last edited: May 25, 2014

    ps3zocker thread starter macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    I used Chrome side by side with Safari. When there is a download running Chrome keeps working and Safari just does nothing.

    I use an late 2013 iMac (lowest configuration) over WiFi. I tried it on another Mac of mine (late 2009) and it behaves the same way. A Windows 7 laptop doesn't have this issue (Ethernet or WiFi).
  4. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    The fact it's reproducible probably means there's something to do with your specific router.
  5. ps3zocker thread starter macrumors regular

    May 3, 2012
    That was my thought, too. But why is it working in Chrome and on that Windows 7 laptop while it isn't working in Safari? (I tested them on the same Wi-Fi Network with a Netgear router)

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