if this article had a lead, it will be Safari sucks. 2 very important words in my lead. succinct. I like.
My ‘new’ mackbook pro (Apple replaced my old one after it crashed badly) has suffered the exact same failure as my old MBP. Safari. In both instances, I open a new tab in safari, and my entire system crashes. I can’t even command-option-esc. How nice right. I thus have no choice but to do a force shutdown. For my old mbp, it died immediately. I couldn’t even boot into a workable OS (be it safe mode or not). At least for my current mbp, it did boot into a workable os. I still was able to try to diagnose the problem.
Steps I took.
- booted up using the OS Install Disk, ran disk utility, repaired my HDD
- it repaired a few errors, but it can’t stably boot into the OS.
- i disabled my login items by pressing SHIFT after typing in my login password
- it booted up okay, finder didn’t freeze up
- next, i open my login items one at a time
- then i found out that safari was the one causing the lockups
Then, after a series of useless calls to Apple cust service, and through endless force shutdown and safari reinstallations, they couldn’t find the problem. They asked me to do a hardware test, and told me that she will call me back within the hour.
I waited, waited, and waited but no one did call. 😦
Steps to solve this problem (it may not work for all though – it works for me)
- Create a new user (admin) account
- login to that account to see if safari can boot up fine
- if safari works in that new user account, the problem is with your preferences files
- Delete any com.apple.safari.plist files from homefolder/library/preferences (back them up first)
- Delete all files from homefolder/library/safari (back them up first)
No more safari for me. period.