3410 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2007 10:49 PM by n8mac
rocket123, welcome to Apple Discussions
I switched to Mozilla for OS 9 & like it better than IE. It works on web pages that IE has problems with. Plus, Mozilla has a pop-up ad blocker & a password manager. Download Wamcom's Mozilla browser at:
iCab is also a good browser for OS 9. Look at Mac Web Browsers, Present and Past
Most browsers run better if you increase the browser's Preferred memory to 2X - 3X the Suggested size. See Mac OS: Assigning more memory to an application program
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=18278 Since you only have 64MB of RAM, make sure your Virtual Memory is turned On.
You should also upgrade your OS to at least 9.1. OS 9.0.4 is not too stable. The upgrade is a free download on Apple's site. You will also get better performance if you increase your RAM to at least 128MB, preferably more.
Welcome to the Discussions.
When I abandoned Netscape 4.7.8 (OS 9.1) some years ago it was because it was audibly and visibly creaking. It had been recommended that I try Mozilla 1.9, but the (then) most stable version for me I found to be 1.0.3. Using Tom's 2-3x Recommended RAM allowance factor (in Get Info), and using a RAM Disk of 2-4MB for the browser's cache, I found, and still find, that 1.0.3 gives a good account of itself. It is certainly not at the foremost tip of the pointy end for browsers, but it works on 500MHz CRT iMacs (OS 9.2.2) and 400MHz G3 (Sonnet) PB1400s (OS 8.6) alike, and is even tolerable under dial-up—when I need it to do so during travel— for all but image-saturated sites. The faster caching permitted by a RAM Disk is of great effect.
You need, however, to give urgent thought to increasing your RAM to at least 128MB, and preferably to 192MB or more so as to allow your iMac to breathe freely (ie, with VM off). PC100 (or compatible PC133) low-density, unbuffered, non-ECC SDRAM is now as cheap as ever it will be.
Apple IIe; 68K: 11DT + 4PB; PPC: 5DT + 3PB; G3: 6DT System 6.0.8 to OS 10.4.x
I also suggest iCab. It's the only browser that's still being developed for OS 9 http://www.icab.de/dl.php
I would also make sure you have the latest plugins (shockwave & flash) & the lastest Quicktime & WMP for OS 9
Almost all those browsers need 40,000K or more memory allocation to run properly. Internet Explorer needs that much just to keep from crashing and taking out your entire Mac.
To allocate that much, you will need more real RAM.
Most G3s can keep up with ordinary Web sites (that do not start off with a Flash Movie) and do tolerably well, if given enough memory.
I just upgraded to OS X tiger on a G4 at work because of this very problem. I am afraid surfing and making full use of the net with 9.x is at it's end. To many sites require the latest flash and other plugins to work. I used the latest Internet Explorer and Netscape. While I had more ram than you and few crashes, using them was a drag. Now I'm on OS X and Safari and am loving it.
Take advice from the others and use those browsers. In the mean time save up enough money to buy a strip of PC100 or PC133 256mb of ram and either OS 10.3.x or 10.4.x. It will be stable and breath new life into your machine.
iMac DV 400 Mac OS 9.2.x