7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2011 9:27 AM by Scott in Boston
applehart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I am seeing this message more and more frequently. It will process and process for an inordinate amount of time and then it will pop the message with the heading 'Safari can't find the server.' and the body of the message "Safari can't open the page .... because Safari can't find the server.... However, once I hit the refresh button, the page pops as it should.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (100,365 points)
    Hello and welcome to Apple Discussions...

    Got to ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari

    Move the cache.db file from the com.apple.Safari folder to the Trash.

    Restart your Mac.

  • jean528 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem. Everytime I open Youtube, it always says: Safari can’t open the page “http://www.youtube.com/” because Safari can’t find the server “www.youtube.com”. I have to refresh it over and over again for the page to open. I don't know what the problem is since my Safari is updated.

    Please Help

    Message was edited by: jean528
  • John Springate Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    I have the same problem when I search in google but it always seems to happen with the first one or two web addresses on the list.. its so irritating Ive also tried the cache trick but no change
  • ricky from HK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same issue too, and it appears to me the site it (safari 5.0.2) drops the most is Apple's own webpage. Whenever I want to access the product page (e.g. iPhone) the site wont load and message of server not found pops. In which the page could load easily in Chrome/ Firefox without a hitch.

    The problem started since the 5.0.2 update
  • timeatseven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the exact same problem described above. Thanks for the suggestion to trash the cache.db file. That works ... temporarily. Then the problem quickly comes back again. Can you (or anyone else) help me understand what is wrong here, and how to achieve a more permanent fix (other than using a different browser, which seems like a good option at this point)? Thanks!
  • Jeannette Arling Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Bump. I have this problem as well, and on multiple machines. Moving the cache file does help, but only for a few hours or days. This is making me crazy. The behavior seems to be that if Safari begins this spinning and spinning problem, interrupting it by hitting the "x" and then refreshing just delays the inevitable. I have to wait for the message "Safari cannot find the server." Once that message appears, a quick refresh brings me immediately to the page in question. How can it not find it for minutes and minutes, and then once I get the message, immediately resolve? It doesn't make any sense. I investigated the option that this was a dns issue, but even setting to different dns servers, the problem persists. Does anyone have a permanent solution to this?
  • Scott in Boston Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    After a zillion tries, Safari 4.1.3 (on my TiBook) can't find the page:


    But Firefox3.6.13 found it on the first attempt. HUH?