6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2015 11:42 AM by KSarant
Sara Delahan Level 1 (5 points)

Does anyone know how to fix this?


I just upgrade my MacBook from 10.6.8 to 10.7.5. (No, I don't want to go higher at this time.) I also update my version of Safari from 5x to Version 6.1 (7537.71). Ever since, my Safari page flashes to black at random times while I scroll down the page. It's just a quick blink, as if it's reloading image data or something, yet it's terribly annoying. It seems to happen on some sites more than others (Amazon.com, for one). I say random, but it seems to happen just as I lift my fingers off the trackpad when scrolling, though not every time.


It's so annoying that I tried to find Safari 5.1 to download, however I could not find a download of Safari 5 that said it was for Lion. I'll probably use something else if this keeps up, but I like syncing my bookmarks with iCloud.

  • sheila_m. Community Specialists

    Hello Sara,


    Thank you for the details of the issue you are experiencing with viewing Safari after upgrading to OS X Lion.  I recommend resetting Safari for an issue like this.


    You can reset Safari by going to Safari > Reset Safari and then selecting the option to "Remove all website data."  This will clear your Safari History and Top Sites, so I recommend bookmarking the sites you would like to save before resetting Safari. You can find more information at the following link (the title of this article says Mountain Lion, but the steps are the same for Lion):


    Safari 6 (OS X Mountain Lion): Reset Safari



    Thank you for using Apple Support Communities.



    Sheila M.

  • vincetfv Level 1 (0 points)

    I have this problem as well. I am on 10.7.5 using Safari Version 6.1 (7537.71).

    Reset Safari does not solve the issue.


  • ESPRESSO_ME Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Sheila, but I, too am experiencing an identical blinking or flashing issue:   I run Safari 6.1 with Mac OS X 10.7.5 on a late 2007 Macbook.


    More clues:  This issue is especially noticeable when on image-heavy websites -- Amazon, Google Images, for example.


    Because I perform a lot of research and image editing in connection with my work, I tend to be a touch OCD about "tidying up" -- three to four times per day, I reset Safari, empty the cache (developer menu), and "remove all website data" (Safari > Preferences > Privacy).


    Because the blinking/flashing is so acute at image-rich websites, I can't help but wonder if this issue is related somehow to the one described at https://discussions.apple.com/message/23699951#23699951.


    Is the new Safari allergic to images, graphics, and photos?

  • JK1973 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi - I'm also getting the same issue on the same combination of Safari 6.1 (7537.71) and Mac OS X 10.7.5.

    At first it wouldn't populate the screen with the website (Yahoo or any other site) and now it just has a black screen with bits all the way through it from different sites.

    I've tried the reset Safari, which means I can get 1 website to load, but when I click on any of it's links I just get a grey screen.

    I've started to use Firefox now as since I upgraded Safari it's not been reliable at all.

  • muxevola Level 1 (0 points)

    Mac OS X 10.7.5 with Safari 6.1 ... I'm not even able to reset, since the browser crashes as soon as it starts.


    Please send feedback to Apple. The more the feedbacks sent, the sooner the problem will be solved.



  • KSarant Level 1 (0 points)

    I am running Safari 8.0.3 on Yosemite and I'm having this problem with Amazon - not regularly, but often enough. So this is 15 months after these other posts and the problem still exists - at least for me. Has anyone ever figured this out?