7612 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 27, 2010 5:11 PM by DeaconMac
If Safari is getting very slow:
Adding Open DNS codes to your Network Preferences, should give good results in terms of speed-up as well as added security:
If you are using a single computer: Open System Preferences/Network. Double click on your connection type, or select it in the drop-down menu, and in the box marked 'DNS Servers' add the following two numbers:
(You can also enter them if you click on Advanced and then DNS)
Sometimes reversing the order of the DNS numbers can be beneficial in cases where there is a long delay before web pages start to load, and then suddenly load at normal speed:
If your computer is part of a network: please refer to this page: http://www.opendns.com/start/bestpractices/#yournetwork and follow the advice given.
You could also try these codes as well: 126.96.36.199 & 188.8.131.52
If you use a Router, make sure it has the latest firmware installed.
One reason for a slowness in page loading may be the 'DNS Pre-fetching' feature of Safari 5.x
This is described here:
If Safari seems to hang for ages:
If you have a lot of tabs open and/or a lot of pages running Flash, Safari can sometimes 'hang', requiring a restart of Safari. This can often be inconvenient, and as it is rarely Safari itself that is hanging but merely one of its plug-ins, usually Flash, there is a way using Terminal to restart the plug-ins (without restarting Safari and losing your tabs) by quitting the WebPluginHost process:
Open the Terminal from the Utilities folder in /Applications and type
killall -9 WebKitPluginHost
Note that this command kills all Safari plug-ins, not just Flash. All plug-ins should start back up when you reload the page.
Then go back to Safari and refresh any pages that were using the Flash plug-in. This also fixes the Beachball of Death. Try this whenever Safari gets slow or freezes. The latest versions of Flash 10.1 appear to have improved the situation somewhat, but haven't completed eliminated it.
Try here for troubleshooting third party Safari add-ons. At least you can rule that out.
Also, if you haven't tried, login to another user account. Try Safari there. If Safari stalls loading pages there, then it could be a problem the startup disk.
See, "Try Disk Utility" here. http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1417
I also encounter slow downs, hangs, and spinning wheels under safari since last updates (I think since safari 5 in fact).
The spinning wheel regularly shows up when just clicking an already loaded tab, hence, I don't see what it could have to do with DNS. Moreover, I do not think that the DNS situation has changed between safari 4 and safari 5.
My conclusion currently is rather simple : Safari 5 is slow and buggy, and without an update that solves this out, I am going to switch to Chrome or maybe the new Firefox 4 beta which is 64 bits.
Anyone else getting spinning wheels and hangs up with safari around ?
For some I think the issue with Safari could be with your ISP's DNS servers. What Safari 5 does is prefetches the links in a web page to make things faster. At least that is what is supposed to happen.
Sometimes, this prefetching actually is picked up by some DNS as a request overload like in a Denial attack. So some have suggested using DNS like Open DNS which by design allows this better.
Personally after switching between Open DNS and my ISp's DNS. I really do not find it works any better.
My personal opinion in my case is that Safari has issues resolving some web content either Java code or Flash. Mine seems to work much better without Flash installed but I find that solution rather frustrating in itself.
I don't have any solutions, but just wanted to chime in so you'll know you aren't alone. I've also been having the spinning beachball, incomplete URL problem, and it's been getting progressively worse, especially after the upgrade to 5.0.3 and the associated System upgrade. I've tried using Open DNS, I've rebuilt preferences, I've run Disk Utility on the hard disk. Nothing has helped. Safari continues to hang on average about every 50th web page. Sometimes, I can just quit Safari; other times, I have to use Activity Monitor to force quit, and sometimes I have to use Command-Option-Esc to force quit and reboot my Mac. None of these crashes registers in Crash Reporter (in fact, I haven't had a Safari crash register there in about 6 months, even though Safari hangs regularly!).
Of course, Flash also crashes regularly, but I'm not convinced that the Safari freezes are related to that. I don't think I'm running any other Safari plug-ins (though when I just went to look, I couldn't find ANY plug-ins or even a plug-in folder anywhere -- where is it supposed to be?).
Lastly, sometimes the hang can occur on the very first page I try to load after launching Safari, or on the tenth - in other words, it doesn't seem to be related to any "pile up" after loading many, many pages.
I'm at a loss to know what else to look at.