13 Replies Latest reply: Sep 22, 2012 2:27 AM by oxcart
oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

Hi, Each time I restart my computer the home page in Safari defaults back to www.apple.com.  I have dumped the .plst file and used disk utility to repair permissions.  I'm on OS10.6.8

 

Any suggestions please.

  • 1. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Have you reset your home page in Safari General preferences?

     

    Does it remember other preferences? - change a few to test this.

     

    Where is Safari installed?

  • 2. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Hi Neville,

     

    It does not remember other preferences such as not blocking popups, but the bookmarks and history behave as they should.  Installation is in the Apps folder, and yes, I have set the home page, otherwise it would not be defaulting back to the apple web site.

  • 3. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Try Reset on the Safari menu.

  • 4. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Reset Safari is a bit extreme.  Do you have any reason to suppose it will help?  Should I save my 500 or-so bookmarks before clicking that button? 

  • 5. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    OK, I'll give it a try

  • 6. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    I use it every day. It will allow you to choose what to reset before you proceed. I use the following settings:

     

    Picture 5.png

  • 7. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    OK, I reset safari with all the boxes checked.  I had exported my bookmarks, but they were still there.  Safari then worked normally, but I was waiting a while before confirming this solution.

     

    Today I uninstalled trackballworks and then reinstalled it.  After the restart safari home page had defaulted again.  Don't know if it is just a coincidence or related to the install/uninstall activity.

  • 8. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    1 - Quit Safari

     

    2 - Open Home folder

     

    3 - Open Library

     

    4 - Locate the following and trash them

     

    ~/Library/Safari/LocalStorage

    ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari

     

    5 - Restart Safari and test.

     

    Good luck

  • 9. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Hi Nevill,  No luck, it just reverted back.  Aaaaarrrrrrggghh...

  • 10. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    What happens in other accounts on the same Mac? Try another account or Guest account?

  • 11. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Neville, thanks for your continued interest in this ackward little niggle.  Its the same in other accounts.  I did not think about this but I suppose it means that the problem is more fundamental than anything in the home folder.

  • 12. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Can I assume that you did try changing the home page preference in the other accounts?

     

    Yes, it is most unlikely to be in Home folders if all accounts are affected.

     

    In these cases the issue is likely to either a network/DNS issue or a problem with Safari. Since Safari will not remember other preferences I advise reinstalling it. Which version is it?

     

    Have you tried other browsers such as Firefox?

  • 13. Re: Safaripreferences lost
    oxcart Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Just thought I would let you know how the problem got fixed in the end.  The computer was suffering other problems as well. So...

     

    Immediately after boot up I checked the console log.  All the things I did not recognize I left alone.  All the things I recongnized as things I had installed I removed.  I did this by using EasyFind to search unhidden and hidden locations for their names and moved them to the trash.  Since this included dropbox and other useful items I reinstalled them after a restart.  I am not sure which program was responsible for my troubles but I suspect it was either the Vodafon mobile broadband dongle driver or a corrupted copy of VCL, neither of which should have gotten involved with the boot up.