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OSX Mavericks and Safari Issues

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Oct 23, 2013 11:35 AM

Just a few notes on my rather unpleasant experience upgrading to Mavericks. Normally I don't upgrade immediately but had some time on my hands.


I upgraded a 15" MB Pro that I use for a spare out of office computer. The system came with 10.8 installed and I had very few applications or data on the machine. Immediately after upgrading to 10.9 Safari opened, but would not load any page I typed into the address bar. It would load a page I clicked from bookmarks, but anything I typed did nothing. Then, it mysteriousy worked, then the SGOD took over. After I was able to reset Safari it repeated the same behavior.


Against my better judgement I decided to upgrade Safari on my Mac Pro to see if I could replicate the issue. On neither system do I run anything other than a flash plug in. No extensions, no fluff. The Sr. Advisor verified all plugins were removed from the respective libraries and the MB Pro would still work intermittently, the Mac Pro would freeze the instant I opened Safari. Thank goodness for Time Machine! After demonstrating worse performance on 10.8 I rolled back the upgrade to my most recent backup just a few hours earlier.


I created a brand new user account on the MB Pro to see if it would behave normally. Initially it seemed fine, but then it started to behave erratically again. After fiddling more over the evening I decided it wasn't worth the effort. I copied the minimal data I wanted to save from the MB Pro and booted to Recovery, erased the primary partition and installed a clean version of Mavericks. Everything seems to be working fine now. One major benefit however, is that after I reinstalled my iLife '11 and iWork '09 from DVD (yes, some people still have them) I ran Software Update and every one of those apps was upgraded to the current versions! So Microsoft can take their $200 O/S's and $300 Office Suites and shove them in a very dark, smelly place!


If anyone's had similar issues please feel to add to the thread!

OS X Mavericks (10.9), 16 GB RAM, 750 GB HDD


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