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DavidRea Level 1 (0 points)
What the heck is up with Safari? It beach balls on me constantly, sometimes terminally. Currently going on about 5 minutes (posting this from Firefox) and I don't want to force quit because I will lose a bunch of work. Running latest Snow Leopard on new Macbook Pro.
  • Golden Shoes Level 5 (4,015 points)
    You need to complete your profile with your specific Mac model, Mac OS X version, and version of Safari that you're running so nobody has to guess at this when trying to solve a problem.

    If Safari is giving you problems, what site(s) are you attempting to load when it does this, and if it crashes, post the crash report so we can see it. If you installed any third-party Input Managers, they are the most likely cause of trouble, but certainly not the only thing.
  • Steel Dragon Level 1 (30 points)
    me too, beach ball with safari 4.0.3 all the time. and its driving me crazy !!
  • DavidRea Level 1 (0 points)
    Profile updated.

    It's not any particular site, at least not in a pattern I've noticed. Happens all over the place.

    Haven't installed any 3rd party Input Managers (not even sure what an input manager is) or any other sort of addons or extensions. Safari doesn't have a menu choice for managing Addons like Firefox; is there a place I can check to see if I added something inadvertently?
  • Golden Shoes Level 5 (4,015 points)
    is there a place I can check to see if I added something inadvertently?

    Check in /Library/InputManagers, Home/Library/InputManagers, and /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins and remove any items you find in those places. Then restart Safari and see if the problem continues. If you have no InputManagers folders, then you have no Input Managers.

    Also, what have you selected as your Home Page when you start Safari? Are you using (or do you wish to continue using) the Top Sites and Cover Flow features? Have you tried Resetting Safari?
  • Ransack the Elder Level 1 (10 points)
    This really is an annoying problem. Every time I go to the "Top Sites" tab of Safari 4.0.3, I get the beach ball. Sometimes it's a milisecond, the longest is a 5 minute wait. Safari also takes forever to load since I upgraded to 4.0. What gives? I hate to say it, but between Safari V4 and the new Snow Leopard, Apple seems to be more like Microsoft, all these bugs that need fixing. So what do we do to avoid the beach ball of the interminable wait with Safari?
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (102,825 points)

    Since you have updated to SL, try uninstalling and reinstalling the lastest version of the Flash Player plugin. That has been a known issue since the SL update.

    Go here to uninstall Flash:

    When you are finished uninstalling the old Flash plugin, go here and install a fresh copy
of Flash Player plugin.

    As with any software installations, repair disk permissions.

Quit any open applications/programs. Launch Disk Utility. (Applications/Utilities) Select MacintoshHD in the panel on the left, select the FirstAid tab. Click: Repair Disk Permissions. When it's finished from the Menu Bar, Quit Disk Utility and restart your Mac. If you see a long list of "messages" in the permissions window, it's ok. That can be ignored. As long as you see, "Permissions Repair Complete" when it's finished... you're done. Quit Disk Utility and restart your Mac.

    Also, try Safari maintenance.

    From the Safari Menu Bar, click Safari / Empty Cache. When you are done with that...

    from the Safari Menu Bar, click Safari / Reset Safari. Select the top 5 buttons and click Reset.

    Restart your Mac and see if that has made a difference.

  • DavidRea Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, none of these things worked. Flash not only uninstalled but not reinstalled. Couldn't find any InputManagers anywhere, but did find a couple other plugins I removed.

    If anything the problem is worse than ever.
  • ScuseMe Level 2 (215 points)
    I'm having the same problem with Safari 4.0.3 . Very frustrating.

    Yesterday I went in to edit my top sites. I just clicked on the X to delete a page, and I got a beachball for over 2 minutes! I was about ready to force quit Safari when it finally came back.

    I'm also noticing beachballs in many of my other day to day operations. Maybe they're all related?

  • Steel Dragon Level 1 (30 points)
    i'm still having the same problem. extremely frustrating.
  • Steel Dragon Level 1 (30 points)
    and i am pretty sure the problem is somehow related to flash. i'm also having this problem with firefox 3.5.3. almost every time i access a web page like, or something with a flash movie, i get the spinning beach ball. but i have been seeing the beach ball on other occasions as well. nonetheless, i wish there was a solution to the problem.
  • sos940 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have been having same problem for several days now. Have tried everything listed so far. nothing fixes it. Works fine on some websites, but ALWAYS beach balls on and
    What's the deal?
  • Edsel Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same issues with Safari. Using Snow Leopard, everything is patched and up-to-date. I've removed plugins and still no improvements. Even on a 1st generation aluminum MacBook Pro 17" Safari is sluggish.
  • DavidRea Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't think it's Flash related; like I said earlier I uninstalled Flash completely and it still happens a LOT. (Sometimes for several minutes.)

    However, since paying more attention to this problem I've noticed that it's not just Safari. It does happen with other applications as well, including Mail, Firefox, and others. No discernible pattern, nor do I think it's one application affecting the others since there's no one application that's always open.

    Snow Leopard problem?
  • Steel Dragon Level 1 (30 points)
    your probably right. might not be an isolated flash issue. not sure if its snow leopard either though. it started happening for a month or so after installing snow leopard. hmmm....
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