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4485 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 15, 2010 11:24 AM by JMVP
Currently Being ModeratedJan 21, 2010 4:47 AM (in response to jj1973)Welcome to the Apple Discussions!
Version 1.x of Safari is old in Internet years, and many sites using advanced coding (or non-standard coding) won't render properly. Later browser versions have more support for the non-standard HTML that for instance MS webpage programs generate as well as support for more recent authoring tools. Which is a long-winded way of saying you're on the right track, you need to update your browser.
The later versions of Safari require OS X 10.4 or later. Your eMac can be upgraded to 10.4 or 10.5, but it'll be easier to first try a free third-party browser such as Firefox or Camino or Opera (Version Tracker and MacUpdate are good links to start from when looking for software and updates).
Note: moving among different browsers on different platforms, I can confirm that it's all too common for sites to render differently, with layouts off from a little to a lot.
As for being blocked from non-UK sites and Hotmail, if that still crops up with Firefox, check to see if the school that sold you the computer had proxy servers set yp that might be blocking some sites. You can also go to Apple menu, System Preferences, show built-in Ethernet or Airport depending on which one you use, click on the Proxies tab, and see if anything is checked/active there.eMac 700MHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 640MB RAM ABS Snow LaCie D2 HD; AL iMac 10.4.11 2 GB RAM; LaCie D2 DVD-RW
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2010 1:48 PM (in response to jj1973)Thanks for the information, however it has not solved the problem. Is there anyway that I can update the OS software online (and cheaply / free) so that I can access both Facebook & hotmail without the problems?
Also, is there a FILE MANAGER option that allows me to remove programs / applications as I have downloaded the SEARCH ENGINES / INTERNET packages mentioned, but I want to make sure that they are deleted in full - when I do download them it won't allow me to complete the process and therefore I don't have the packages.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2010 12:16 PM (in response to jj1973)10.3.9 was the last update to Panther 10.3; updating to 10.4 will make the eMac more responsive (10.5 may be more responsive yet or it may be slightly slower; opinions vary) but that will require finding a retail (black label) Tiger 10.4 / Leopard 10.5 Install disc for purchase. Model-specific (gray label) install discs won't work. You'd also realistically need a DVD drive (internal, or external using Startup Manager); there was a multiple-CD 10.4 exchange program for Macs without a DVD drive, but that program ended years ago.
To get rid of the unusable-to-you Safari etc., you can just drag the downloaded .dmg file to the Trash. There are very few Mac programs that actually require running an uninstaller; you can usually delete a program by dragging it from Applications to Trash (and being very, very sure you're sure what you're deleting).
Note that regardless of what platform you're on, Facebook and Hotmail can be glacially slow because of heavy demand on their servers. (The analogy is hooking up a fire hose to a garden faucet.) I've supported (or attempted to ) both of those applications on platforms from 6-year old Dell Windows XP to 6 week old MacBook Pro, and depending on time of day there may be no preceptable speed difference between the two.eMac 700MHz, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 640MB RAM ABS Snow LaCie D2 HD; AL iMac 10.4.11 2 GB RAM; LaCie D2 DVD-RW