think I once had a similar problem.
try launching Safari from the Application folder (not by clicking on the icon on the Dock)
If that works, close Safari, remove the icon from the dock (just drag it), and drag the safari icon from the application folder to the dock and you're good to go.
If not, hopefully someone else can help you further.
I have a similar problem. When I launch Safari 3.0.4, the icon bounces, I get to the default page and nothing happens.
Furthermore, my Photoshop Elements 4.0 has suddenly disappeared. I click on that icon and it bounces once and then nothing. Macrovision which has acquired Adobe will no longer support this product and requires me to purchase it again!!!
Oh, and more... some of my widgets have stopped working: translator & weather are no longer working.
I'm not sure what protocol is for posting forums... I'm too peeved that these problems are surfacing and have no real answers.
Can anyone shed some light on these problems?
If your Safari keeps crashing, or if you are updating Safari (or just have):
Input Managers and other plug-ins from third parties can do as much harm as good. They use a security loophole to reach right into your applications' code and change that code as the application starts up. If you have installed 10.4.11 and Safari is crashing, the very first thing to do is clear out your InputManagers folders (both in your own Library and in the top-level Library), log out and log back in, and try again.
So, disable all third party add-ons before updating Safari, as they may not have been updated yet for the new version. Add them back one by one. If something goes awry, remove it again and check on the software manufacturer's website for news of an update to match your version of Safari. Remember: Tiger up to 10.4.10 used Safari 2.0.4 or, if you downloaded it, Safari 3.0.3 beta. Safari 10.4.11 used Safari 3.0.4 which was not a beta, and now Safari 3.1. If Safari 3.1 on 10.4.11 is not the fastest browser you have ever used, then something is wrong!
(Trying to revert to Safari 2 when running 10.4.11 can have repercussions, as Safari 3.0.4 and 3.1 use a completely different webkit on which other applications like iChat, Mail, Dashboard Widgets etc also rely.)
Most errors reported here after an update are due to an unrepaired or undetected inherent fault in the system, and/or a third party ad-on. Add-on that have been frequently mentioned here, among others, for causing such problems are Piclens, Saft, AcidSearch and Pithhelmet. If you have them, trash them and go the developer's sites to see if new versions are available for Safari 3.1.
You should also ensure, if you are running Tiger 10.4.11, that you have downloaded and installed the correct version for your Mac of Security Update 2008-002. Like all security updates, this requires a restart and a permission repair.
As Leopard also uses Safari 3.0.4, much of the above may well also apply to Leopard, but is not guaranteed. Moreover:
Some users have mentioned that the latest Flash Player (v.18.104.22.168) conflicts with Safari in Leopard, and that they have needed to revert to v. 9.0.47. This can be downloaded from here:
To reiterate, Input Managers reach right into an application and alter its code. This puts the behavior of the affected application outside the control and responsibility of its developers: a recipe for problems. That's not to say that issues absolutely will ensue as a result of Input Managers, but you, as a user, must decide. If the functionality of a specific Input Manager or set thereof is really important to you, you may well choose to assume the associated risk.
Again, the advice is to remove all Input Managers from the following directories:
especially prior to system updates (they can always be added back one-by-one later).
The exact thing happened to me! My computer automatically ran software update, I clicked to install the Safari then it would no longer open. The icon would only bounce once. I didn't realize Apple would send me an update that would screw up my Friday afternoon. How frustrating! I finally got on the internet with a very old version of Internet Explorer, and downloaded a version of Safari 2.0.
I had the same problem when I did the latest update. My Safari would bounce and then go away. I didn't have anything in my Input Managers and no other changes. I also had the problem of Safari not asking if I wanted to save my password and also it wasn't auto filling anything.
I downloaded Safari 3.1 from the Apple website and everything is running fine.
I have been messing with this problem for a couple of weeks and it was very frustrating. Had to use Firefox. I saved my bookmarks.plist to the desktop so I won't loose any of my bookmarks and then after I downloaded Safari, I put it back in the preferences.
Knock on wood, everything is working great now.
Just thought I would put in my 2 cents.
I have exactly the same problem. except all my web related bits have gone crazy:
1. Safari opens then quits for no reason
2. Skype will not open at all, I have downloaded and installed new version. Same problem.
3. Messenger does not open
All since I installed recent Security Update and Safari 3.1
Can anyone help?