5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 16, 2010 2:08 PM by andyBall_uk
sookicarr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
My problem... downloaded the latest Safari 5 w/o realizing that it was for Snowleopard. Does not launch at all on my current OSX10.5 Leopard. The new Safari 5 has replaced my old Safari 4. So I deleted the application and downloaded Safari 4.0.5 again to get back to where I was. Now I am trying to install Safari 4, but the install screen is saying that a newer version of Safari already exists on my HD therefore it will not let me install. Help. I have trashed the app, so why am I not able to reinstall?

MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (100,385 points)

    Delete the current Safari application by dragging it to the Trash.

    Insert your install disc, open the Optional Installs folder, then open Optional Installs.mpkg

    An Installer will start... click Continue. When you get to the Installation Type in the window on the right you will see: Applications. Click the Disclosure triangle so it faces down. Select Safari and click Continue.

    When it's done repair disk permissions...

    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.

    Open System Preferences/Software Updates - Scheduled Check. Make sure the box next to:
    Download updates automatically is *not selected*.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (62,210 points)
    Safari 5 supports Leopard. See http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1046 for details.
  • sookicarr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    thank you!
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (100,385 points)
    You're welcome.
  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,490 points)

    as baltwo says - Safari 5 is available for Leopard, and the fact that it installed at all, shows that you did use the Leopard version of the install package, since the Snow Leopard version checks made before any files are written, to see that you're not running anything except OS X 10.6.x.

    That said, it's very likely you have some add-on or plugin which conflicts badly with Safari 5.

    You can see Apple's advice on that Unsupported third-party add-ons may cause Safari to unexpectedly quit or have performance issues

    and also perhaps locate the Crash Report that may have been added to Home/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/ when Safari wouldn't launch...

    it'll be named something like

    where the date is the most recent one you see.