10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 17, 2008 6:13 AM by Dan Owen
Dan Owen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
I deleted Safari and all it's preferences / metadata and then downloaded Safari 3.1.1 from the Apple site. I repaired permissions and ran the install package but when I try and install Safari on the hard drive the hard drive has a red exclamation mark and says

"You cannot install Safari on this volume. This update requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or newer".

Thing is that I'm running 10.5.3.

Any ideas?? I'm stuck.

Many thanks

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • Jon/Tokyo Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Can you use Time Machine to simply get Safari back? Then install the latest version on top.

    And why on earth would you delete it anyway?? By installing the latest, your Mac does that for you.
  • Dan Owen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    No, I don't use Time Machine.

    Reseting Safari wasn't clearing my history. I delete Safari to start afresh.
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6 (9,330 points)
    You can try installing from the installer dvd then upgrading it via software update.

  • Dan Owen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Tried using the install DVD but it won't give me the option to install just Safari.

    Surely there is a way to install what is in effect just a web browser onto the Air without having to do a clean install?

    Why can't I just download Safari from the Apple website and install it? Why are Apple offering it for download anyway when it can't be installed? Can it be installed separately on Macbook Pro's, iMac's and the like? I thought that the whole point of the Air was that software would be installed via download and remotely.

    Appreciate your ideas.

  • Rhyd Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    It is not "just a browser", it is an integral part of the operations of a mac computer. You don't have to use it as your default browser, but you do not delete it. Apple warns one not to delete or move any Apple installed apps... for a good reason. Also, apple apps once deleted are not updated by updates unless one goes back and reinstalls. You might try an OS combo update or do the simple thing and reinstall from the OS disc that accompanied your MBA and then update via an OS combo update intall

    Did you back up your computer before you did your deletion? If so, pull the Safari app and copy it back to your computer.

    Never delete an app just because you have trouble with caches or preferences. The app is separate from those files. The app resides in the Applications folder, the preferences and caches reside in the user folder. Preferences and caches can be safely deleted to repair problems one is having with any application; deleting the app itself is not safe as you have already discovered.

    Remember in the future that the application is not your user preferences and caches.

    Message was edited by: Rhyd
  • Dave Marsh Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    Just rerun the Leopard installer DVD you have. It will check all the needed system components and reinstall the missing items. When you're done, Safari will be back. You may then need to run Software Update to get the latest version.

    The reinstall will go quickly, since it doesn't reinstall everything. If for some reason the match/replace process doesn't work out, Archive & Install will (but will toast some apps like Adobe Creative Suite, that will have to be reinstalled).

    You can also just insert the Leopard DVD in your Mac and when it opens its window on the Desktop, select and run the Optional Installs package. This will allow you to install ONLY Safari. When you're done, you'll still need to download/rerun the Combo Updater for Leopard to get all its pieces back up to date.
  • Dan Owen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    When I run the install disc through remote install, i only have the option of Archive and Install or Erase and Install as it won't let me Update as there is a newer version of Leopard on there already.

    How can I access the DVD contebts on my Air and just install the bundled software only (ie Safari) as I can't see the DVD contents on my Air, they are only visible on my remote mac.

  • Dan Owen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    "You can also just insert the Leopard DVD in your Mac and when it opens its window on the Desktop, select and run the Optional Installs package. This will allow you to install ONLY Safari".

    This is the bit I can't do.... I can't see the Leopard DVD on the Air as it doesn't open on the desktop... you only get to see the OS X installer screen via Remote Install.

    And again.... are you sure there isn't an easier way because why would apple offer Safari as a download if it can't be installed as a download??
  • Dave Marsh Level 2 Level 2 (325 points)
    On the Mac you've inserted the MacBook Air installer disk into, you should also assure you've turned on DVD/CD sharing in System Preferences. Do this:

    1. Open System Preferences on the Mac with the DVD drive
    2. Select the Sharing Control Panel.
    3. Turn on DVD or CD Sharing by clicking in the box on the left
    4. Insert the MacBook Air installer disk into the DVD drive
    5. Go to the MacBook Air and open a Finder window
    6. In the Sidebar on the left side of the window, click on Remote Disc
    7. The Disc will mount on the MacBook Air's Desktop (you may need to click on an Authorize button on the Mac with the DVD drive)
    8. Once authorized, the contents of the mounted installer disk will appear in the window. Click on the Optional Installs folder and double click on the Optional Installs package.
    9. Once the installer starts, click on the triangle to the left of Applications, then check the Safari box below.
    10. Click on Continue.

    When the installation is finished, don't forget to turn off DVD Sharing on the Mac with the DVD drive. Also, you'll have to download the Combo Updater at Apple to assure all the needed Safari components are reinstalled. Get that at:


    You could try just the Safari 3.1.1 updater, but if you manually deleted some key components, that may not be enough.

    Good luck.
  • Dan Owen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    That's it. Genius !