4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2012 5:50 PM by Lance Lawton
Lance Lawton Level 2 (155 points)

Since Safari 6 appeared at roughly the same time as Mountain Lion, its hard to know whether this issue is down to Safari or ML. But anyway I'm finding very consistently that the first page I try to visit each day simply will not load! Just gets stuck with the progress bar barely advanced, and before even the page title appears at the top of the browser window. Doesn't usually beachball, just doesn't make any progress loading.


  • Emptying the cache, relaunching Safari - or even doing both - makes no difference.
  • I can hop across to another browser and load the same page with no problem.
  • If I give up on that page in Safari and try another page, it quite often loads instantly; but then sometimes it won't load that one either - same behaviour.
  • It happens on all kinds of sites, including ones I've visited successfully the previous day.


Eventually after several attempts, Safari starts working, and then it's perfect for the rest of the day. Then it does the same thing the next day .... etc.


I've reported this to Apple, so here's hoping it gets fixed. Is anyone else getting this?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, 8GB RAM. Home LAN + WLAN (AEBS)
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)



    From your Safari menu bar top of your screen click Safari > Preferences then select the Privacy tab.


    Click:  Remove All Website Data     <  removes cookies


    Now open the Finder. From the Finder menu bar, (top of your screen), click Go > Go to Folder


    Type this exactly as you see it here:  ~/LIbrary/Caches/com.apple.Safari/Cache.db


    Click Go the move the Cache.db file to the Trash.


    Quit then relaunch Safari to test.

  • Lance Lawton Level 2 (155 points)

    Thanks, Carolyn. Will try that tomorrow or when it next happens.


    To clarify: Does trashing the Cache.db file serve the same purpose as "Develop > Empty caches" ? (already done the latter)

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)

    Deleting the Cache.db file seems to do a more thorough job then just "emptying the cache" ..


    Hopefully deleting cookies will help also.

  • Lance Lawton Level 2 (155 points)

    Hi Carolyn,


    Just got to this again today. Doing the two steps you advised looks to have been partially successful. I still got the initial failure to load just like before. But at least this time, clicking the 'X' to stop loading produced an immediate "force reload" dialog (previously it would just produce a beachball, and I'd get to the "force reload" eventually after clicking stop again) -- and clicking the reload button in the dialog produced immediate success with the page loading successfully.


    But it's still hardly functional! Wouldn't want to do this every day ... Does my partial success give you any further clues?