Re: Safari 4.0.3 be warned...
- From: J.J. O'Shea <try.not.to@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2009 09:25:40 -0400
On Sun, 23 Aug 2009 06:30:20 -0400, iballooka wrote
(in article <h6r5ns$ed8$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>):
Safari seems to be creating a number of issues mainly freezes or not
being to access the internet and these are widespread issues shared by
many outside of the college...Being an LEA college, funds are always
limited and some issues have come up with earler software this was
_Safari_ is causing _freezes_?! Interesting. Do tell us more. _Safari_ is
causing people to not be able to access the Internet?! Interesting. Does this
mean that Safari doesn't pick up anything on the Internet or does it mean
that other apps, such as Mail, or another browser, or a NNTP client, can't
access the Internet?
I ask for several reasons:
1 No, these are _not_ widespread issues shared by many outside the college. A
quick trip to <http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=169>,
the Safari forum on Apple's site, shows a distinct shortage of complaints of
this type. A search through the entire site revealed this thread
it was discovered that the freezing problem was caused by bad RAM, not by
Safari, and this thread
the freezing started with Safari _3_ and continued with Safari 4, and proved
to be related to other problems on that system, and this thread
wherein the problem was a corrupted pref file. These were three out of the
first four threads returned by a search string of 'safari freeze'; the fourth
was about Safari on Windows. I stopped looking after that. Perhaps you could
dig up some actual complaints which support your position. If this was a
widespread issue, there would be numerous threads about it; the noise level
wrt eMac and iMac motherboard problems during the Great Capacitor Plague was
truly amazing, as was the storm of protest when Apple killed FireWire ports
on MacBooks. There's a _reason_ why those who have certain model eMacs and
iMacs can _still_ get their motherboards replaced for free if they have
certain problems, and why FireWire ports are back on MacBooks... _That_ kind
of thing is what happens when there is a widespread problem; the noise level
approaches 150 dB and the blood is ankle deep in the various forums. And
Apple issues a fix for the problem.
2 both errors appear to be of a general system nature. In particular, should
Safari, Mail, and OmniWeb display those errors and, for example, Firefox,
NTMW, and other Internet-capable apps do not, I would suspect Webkit rather
than Safari, because Safari, Mail, and OmniWeb use Webkit. Given that
Webkit-updated Macs (that would be any Mac running Safari 4, any version, or
Mail 3.6) are rather numerous and yet such errors aren't numerous, I'd look
for something else the machines encountering problems have in common. VPN
software, for example.
3 the 'blocking Internet access' error sound very much like a DNS problem,
which would have zero to do with Safari. Have they tried the simple fix of
putting in a 3rd-party DNS server address, such as OpenDNS's servers?
email to oshea dot j dot j at gmail dot com.
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