9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 24, 2012 6:50 AM by eyoungren
skanner21 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

im still on an old powerbook g4 1ghz with tiger 10,4,11

im using firefox 3,6,24

 

it works fine except for some websites that dont load anymore giving an error message whereas my ipad load them very easily.

 

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  • 1. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,395 points)

    Update Firefox.

     

    You may already be using the most recent version for Mac OS X 10.4.11, in which case the only alternative is to upgrade OS X.

  • 2. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    skanner21 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    you know what i dont even see where is the menu to update firefox ....

    where is the menu in firefox to update it plz ?

  • 3. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,395 points)

    It is under the "Help" menu:

     

    Screen Shot 2012-11-23 at 11.38.42 PM.png

     

    Yours may look a little different. I am not using my Tiger machine at the moment.

  • 4. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    skanner21 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    no u right i found it.

    unfortunately theres no update available.

    so you think its my os ?

  • 5. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,395 points)

    skanner21 wrote:

     

    ... so you think its my os ?

     

    Yes.

     

    Unfortuately many new websites require new(er) browser versions, and Firefox will no longer update theirs for Tiger.

     

    Apple released the final Safari update for Tiger two years ago.

     

    Your PowerBook can be upgraded to run Mac OS X 10.5.8 but I do not recommend it. First, Tiger is probably the best OS for your PowerBook G4. Second, retail versions of Leopard are unreasonably expensive.

     

    I understand this must be frustrating, your PowerBook G4 is a fine computer, but as it is about a decade old it precedes YouTube, Facebook, the iPhone, and many other things no one ever thought it might need to do. The world moves on, but hardware remains the same.

     

    Macs last a long time but every one eventually reaches the point of functional obsolescence.

     

    You will want a new one under the tree this year

  • 6. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    skanner21 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok thanx a lot i will push the "solved my question button" dont worry

    and ofc i will buy a mac it is already part of my plan..

    but tell me one thing, i just realized i have a 80megas update for java i never done, do u think the problem can come from that ?

  • 7. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,395 points)

    Yes, if you are using websites that require Java, make sure that you have updated Java in Software Update. Run Software Update and install everything that it recommends.

     

    However, you will run into the same problem with Java. Some newer websites simply will not work with older Java versions, and newer Java versions will require newer versions of Mac OS X.

     

    See what I mean?

     

     

  • 8. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    Michael Wasley Level 5 Level 5 (6,810 points)

    Try TenFourFox as your browser, it is essentially Firefox with the latest security updates but not necessarily the latest features.

  • 9. Re: my firefox dont load some websitess
    eyoungren Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    Leopard gets a bad rap for some reason. I have four PowerBook G4s here at home (two are my personal Macs) and Leopard runs just fine. Max your ram and you should be fine Compared to Tiger it's modern and it works.

     

    I wouldn't go back to Tiger if you paid me. Almost any PowerPC app that's left will only run on Leopard and Tiger for me was unstable, particularly in a network environment.

     

    Moving along, you can't expect a version of Firefox that is 15 versions out of date to function the same as the latest. Updating Java is all good and that, but Michael Wasley's suggestion is better. There are alternatives. Most of the users on these forums seem to be unaware that there are still many versions of browser out there that are PowerPC. It's not necessary to buy a new Intel Mac just to get a new OS that will run Intel Firefox.

     

    In addition to TenFourFox (v10 stable, v17 soon to be the stable version) there is Aurorafox, which is based on T4Fx code and based on Mozilla Firefox nightly builds.

     

    Mozilla:

    TenFourFox

    Aurorafox

    Seamonkey

    Camino

    Firefox PowerPC

    Minefield

     

    Webkit:

    Webkit browser

    Shira

    Demeter

    Roccat

    Radon

    Cruz

    Stainless

    Sunrise

     

    Other:

    iCab

    Omniweb

     

    There is also a hack to the Flash plugin that fools websites into thinking your PowerPC Mac is running the lastest version of Flash. You can also view Youtube in Mactubes which is a PowerPC app just for viewing Youtube.

     

    In short, the PowerPC platform is not dead yet.