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Question: Browser that will work with Leopard?

I have an old white Macbook 2008 or so laptop with Leopard that still runs (bless its heart) but can't really run any recent browsers. I'd like to have it for my elderly mother to go online and do some very basic browsing.

Is there something that will run with an older machine and still load newer pages? Firefox and Safari are not loading pages in any usable way.

Sorry I don't have any the specs here - would have to go boot it up and get them. So it's more of a general browser question. However, what I do recall is that in terms of resources, it can run leopard, possibly snow leopard although that was questionable. I do not believe it's recommended to run Lion or Mountain Lion on this machine. So it's probably as far as it will go.

Would prefer not to put any money into it, just wondering if there was a band-aid solution. It's still a decent little box; I sometimes use it for audio captures and general computing tasks when the MB Pro is tied up with an encode.

Thank you

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), null

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Mar 16, 2018 4:48 AM in response to Editgrrl1 In response to Editgrrl1

If your Mac can be upgraded to OS X Snow Leopard (you need an Intel Mac, NOT a PowerPC Mac) here's the link to get you a more relatively recent Mozilla Firefox web browser and compatible Adobe Flash Player for OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

This is a more recent, more secure web browser for OS X 10.6.8.

Firefox 45.9 ESR .dmg install file here.


Dbl click to download, locate the Firefox 45.9 ESR.dmg on your Mac.

Dbl click on the file and it should put up both a disk drive looking image and a pop up installation window.

Drag the Firefox Application icon into the Application folder shortcut icon in the same install window.

The go to your Applications folder, find Firefox, the launch it!

You may need to update Adobe Flash Player to the last compatible version for Firefox 45.9

You need to use Adobe's Flash Player uninstaller, first, to uninstall the older Adobe Flash Player.


On the Adobe Flash Player section of the Adobe website, you will need to look for the last Adobe Flash Player version compatible with Mozilla Firefox 45.9.

This is the Adobe Flash Player you are looking for on the Adobe web site.

Adobe Shockwave Flash version

Look toward the bottom half of this webpage link.

https://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp_26.0.0.1 31_archive.zip

Once downloaded on your Mac, dbl-click to open the zIp file

Dbl click to Install the Mac OS version if there is one listed in the archive file (might be a .dmg file).

When you open that Adobe Flash Player archive file, it will create an archive folder.

Dbl click that folder, two other folders will appear.

Click the first folder WITHOUT THE words debug in it!

When that folder opens you are looking for a Mac OS .dmg file with this name


Dbl click on this and begin the install procedure from the brownish red Adobe install folder that appears.

Good Luck!

Mar 16, 2018 4:48 AM

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Apr 26, 2018 7:57 PM in response to Editgrrl1 In response to Editgrrl1

Download either Firefox 45 ESR and/or Chrome 43 and/or Opera 25.0.1614.71.

These are the last three that support plugins like Java and shockwave.

Link to Firefox 45 ESR (English US):

https://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/45.0esr/mac/en-US/Firefox%2045.0esr .dmg

Link to Opera 25.0.1614.71

http://get.opera.com/pub/opera/desktop/25.0.1614.71/mac/Opera_25.0.1614.71_Setup .dmg


Apr 26, 2018 7:57 PM

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