Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 12:00 AM (in response to smokehousewizard)
Hi, and welcome to Apple Support Communities.
Which exact iBook model is it?
You can choose from this list:
Which version of Safari are you using?
Have you tried repairing permissions?
How are you connecting to the internet? Wirelessly via an original AirPort Card (iBook G3) or AirPort Extreme Card (iBook G4), Ethernet, or internal modem? Dialup, DSL or cable modem? Is a router involved?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 4:54 PM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
Thanks for taking pity upon me Ronda! Here is what I can tell you- it's a PowerBook 4,1; 1 Cpu type PowerPC 750 with a speed of 500Mhz; 576 MB of memory; running OSX 10.4.11. The Safari is version 3.0.4. I connect to the internet via airport (version 4.2) through a wireless router. I have not attempted any repairing permissions, because I don't really know what I'm doing! I've just obtained a PowerBook G4 and was looking to transfer it's (the iBook) info onto the new computer with and ethernet cable, but it kept requesting a start-up disc which I do not have. Regardless of that, Safari was still working fine until 2 days after that. Thanks again for taking the time for me and I hope this info is of help! - Chuck
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 2:29 AM (in response to smokehousewizard)
AirPort 4.2 is an application for an Apple AirPort Base Station. Is that what you have as a wireless router?
If not, what make and model router are you using, and what mode of encryption (WEP, WPA, or WPA2)?
Are you trying to connect via cable modem or DSL?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 4:09 PM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
Hello again Ronda! I have been using a Linksys WRT54G 2.4 Ghz router connected via cable modem. I believe WEP is the form of encryption. I've used this setup for several years now with only rare instances where I've had to reset the router. Also, if it's of any help to you, I've discovered that I can still send and receive email on the afflicted iBook but Safari will not work. Thanks again for your time!- Chuck
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 7:24 AM (in response to smokehousewizard)
To repair permissions, go to Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility. Select the named boot volume (Macintosh HD unless it's been renamed). Click on "Repair Disk Permissions."
See if that helps.
Do you have any other browsers installed?
If you can send and receive e-mail, then you know you have internet access, and it's a problem with Safari. Repairing permissions may help. If it doesn't, post back and let us know and we'll try something else.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 3:59 PM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
Thanks for you patience Ronda! I tried that per your response, but still no luck. I did, however, find that firefox had been installed (this is a second-hand laptop). I downloaded a compatible version and can get online through that, but it is extremely slow. I have many documents (pdf, jpeg photos) stored on this computer. It's been running slow for some time before this issue. Could this safari problem be related? Thanks again for your time!- Chuck
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 5:45 PM (in response to smokehousewizard)
A 500 MHz iBook is the very first iBook (Dual USB) — the first of the all-white iBooks. It is 11 years old. 576 is the maximum RAM it can use.
It's going to be slow. That's just the way it is. Sorry.
Some people have had better luck with TenFourFox:
I would suggest that you download the version for a G3 PowerPC and give it a try.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2012 5:01 PM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
Hi Ronda! Sorry, I was away there for a few days. Just wanted to thank you for your time and patience regarding this issue. I'll give that a try and see what happens. Once again, Thank You for your help!!- Chuck
Currently Being ModeratedMay 22, 2012 6:12 PM (in response to smokehousewizard)
We just obtained a 2002 iBook laptop (from an auction). The Safari browser on ours also will "disappear" and shut down with certain web sites. It does fine while on the apple.com site, lol, but with other sites it can just go poof. There is also an IE browser installed on this computer, but it ***** so bad I am going to delete it. This laptop is cool, but it needs to be caught up to the times. I am glad I read this thread so I will try "repairing permissions" and see if this helps. But also looking at other options. We may overhaul the entire laptop, who knows!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 23, 2012 8:54 AM (in response to smokehousewizard)
Also, it occurs to me that the hard drive may be overly full. This can cause slowness, and the original iBook G3 (Dual USB) came with a very small (10 GB) standard hard drive. Modern hard drives are 25, 50, or 75 times that size!