4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 13, 2014 1:58 AM by Neville Hillyer
rick.mtTime Level 1 Level 1

This is my first time doing this.  So I may not be helping you help me.  But here it goes...

Over the last few weeks my mac has gotten noticeably slower downloading websites- like sometimes close to a minute, and I don't know if this is a clue but last night it downloaded nba.com into a nonpicture, just word format, like I had dial up or something.  I hadn't noticed anything like that before, but it did it twice and I confirmed the web address.  It seems to get stuck "connecting", "reading", "looking up".  Sometimes so long the it says it can't find the website.

     I'm running a macbook 4,1 with os x 10.5.8 and I know I can't update it without getting a new computer.  The problem doesn't seem to affect anything not net related.  It also It's the same with different browsers (Firefox, Safari, and Chrome) and with or without my router.  Any ideas?         

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Solved by Neville Hillyer on Feb 12, 2014 4:31 PM Solved
Short term: Start SafariClose all tabsSelect Reset from Safari menuTick all boxesHit Reset buttonOpen Network preferencesPut in DNS Server boxHit Apply buttonRestart your MacTry Safari Longer term:Install http://links.zero.eu.org/os-x/period/Install AppleJackRun AppleJack at least once a month with command: applejack AUTO shutdownShut Down your Mac at least once a day
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Hi & a warmwelcome!


    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...


    General requirements

       * Mac computer with an Intel processor

        * 1GB of memory (I say 4GB at least, more if you can afford it)

        * 5GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

        * Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.


    Buy Snow Leopard > http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

    Call Apple Sales...in the US: 1-800-MY-APPLE. Or Support... 1-800-275-2273


    Other countries...



    It looks like they might still have it...






    Make a New Location, Using network locations in Mac OS X ...




    10.5, 10.6, 10.7 & 10.8…


    System Preferences>Network, top of window>Locations>Edit Locations, little plus icon, give it a name.



    10.5.x/10.6.x/10.7.x instructions...


    System Preferences>Network, click on the little gear at the bottom next to the + & - icons, (unlock lock first if locked), choose Set Service Order.


    The interface that connects to the Internet should be dragged to the top of the list.


    10.4 instructions...


    Is that Interface dragged to the top of Network>Show:>Network Port Configurations.

    If using Wifi/Airport...


    Instead of joining your Network from the list, click the WiFi icon at the top, and click join other network. Fill in everything as needed.


    For 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8, System Preferences>Network, unlock the lock if need be, highlight the Interface you use to connect to Internet, click on the advanced button, click on the DNS tab, click on the little plus icon, then add these numbers...



    (There may be better or faster DNS numbers in your area, but these should be a good test).

    Click OK.


    Also, if not in the EU, turn off IPv6:


    System Preferences » Network » AirPort » TCP/IP tab » Configure IPv6

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4

    Short term:


    1. Start Safari
    2. Close all tabs
    3. Select Reset from Safari menu
    4. Tick all boxes
    5. Hit Reset button
    6. Open Network preferences
    7. Put in DNS Server box
    8. Hit Apply button
    9. Restart your Mac
    10. Try Safari


    Longer term:

    1. Install http://links.zero.eu.org/os-x/period/
    2. Install AppleJack
    3. Run AppleJack at least once a month with command: applejack AUTO shutdown
    4. Shut Down your Mac at least once a day
  • rick.mtTime Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you so much Neville Hillyer!  Your "short term" solution fixed my problem.  That delay downloading was getting really annoying.  Now it's like I have a new computer.  I still haven't installed "period".  And I'm just learning about "Applejack", but these sound like helpful, and preventative things.


    Also, thank you BDAqua. 

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4

    I am glad I was able to help you.


    Use Safari Reset regularly - perhaps with a few less things checked.


    I wrote 'Period'. It should be a simple click to install and be totally trouble free on Tiger and Leopard. It works in the background from time to time taking very little resource. It does not require any further intervention.


    AppleJack may appear difficult to use but it is easy once you get used to it. I advise:


    1. print AppleJack's ReadMe for references
    2. install AppleJack by double clicking its mpkg
    3. AppleJack is invisible - put this post and AppleJack's ReadMe in Utilities as a reminder
    4. write the following (very accurately) on a piece of paper
      applejack AUTO shutdown
    5. restart your Mac holding cmd s (Apple key and the s key)
    6. wait until white writing on the screen has stopped
    7. type the following as you wrote on the paper:
      applejack AUTO shutdown
    8. hit return key
    9. wait a long time - can take up to an hour first time
    10. you can probably ignore the many worrying looking messages on the screen
    11. restart your Mac after AppleJack has shut it down
    12. The first startup will take longer than normal because caches have to be rebuilt