During this test, Safari was able to load http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-US.
The system did not freeze.
Rendering of the site was slow and choppy.
What does this lead you to suspect as the underlying cause?
Appreciative of your assistance!
Thanks for all of your help, Linc.
Here's the full list of plug-ins.
Google Earth Plug-in
Google Talk Plugin
Google Talk Plugin Video Accelerator
Google Talk Plugin Video Renderer
Java Applet Plug-in
Online File Folder plugin
QuickTime Plug-in 7.7.1
Web-Based Email plugin
WebKit built-in PDF
Just to add something... the page works on my 13" MBA, 10.8.3, Safari 6.0.3, and Firefox 19.0.2. But I noticed some things.
Initial load on Safari has an animation of the Surface rotating and showing the ports, then goes to a static image. Subsequent loads don't have it. First load on Firefox didn't have the animation. I tried IE10 on a work PC and it also has the animation on first load, but reloads don't have it. Quitting and reloading also does not show the animation. Could it be a cookie tracks whether the animation has played?
I have a slew of plug-ins installed too... Flash, Java, SilverLight, Adobe PDF, Google Earth, WebKit PDF, Sharepoint, Quicktime, Flip4Mac, all up to date.
Just my .02
Thanks for the two cents, Michael.
Yes, Linc is a tremendous asset to this community.
To the problem at hand, it's always during that opening animation that the crash occurs. Interestingly, just a moment ago while attempting to load the site after having cleared Safari's cache and following the reinstallation of the Flash plugin, the following happened:
Safari froze. No surprise there. But before it brought the system to its knees, I was able to close its window.(Took about 30 seconds to close.) When I relaunched Safari, it defaulted to the aborted load. Surprisingly, and for the first time, it rendered the non-animated version of the page.
If I notice a similar problem with other sites, ineed I will follow Linc's advice and run tests with the pluggins removed. For now, however, I will avoid the errant site... and get back to work.