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Safari Browser makes the 15" PB G4 unusable

Whenever I use the Safari browser my CPU demand spikes up to 100%, most of it coming from the System side and the majority of that is sucked up by the WindowServer process. After I open Safari I can access perhaps 2 or 3 pages in windows or tabs before the problem occurs. Once it starts, I loose control of all system control - e.g. cannot select different applications from clicking on a window, or using Application Switcher, or using the Dock. I cannot get to the Force Quit dialog box or essentially anything else. Mouse movement is normal, but since all the cycles are getting sucked up by WindowServer/Safari, nothing else will respond for some time - even 5-10 minutes. Many times I simply shutdown with the power button held down, but sometimes, if I am particularly patient, I can wait it out. When I see the CPU demand duck under 100%, I can get to Activity Monitor or Force Quit and quit Safari. That will give me control again, but some windows and other operations will appear to be funky so I will save all my open documents and restart.

The PB is 1.67mhz with 2gb of memory and I do keep many windows and applications open at the same time. But if I use the Camino browser or SeaMonkey, the problem does not occur (FIrefox does not load pages for me, but that is another issue...)

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Re: Safari Browser makes the 15" PB G4 unusable

I would go info safaRI, and empty cache and reset safari, then go to software update and see if there is an update. I would also check to see if your OSX is up to date. If you are not running 10.4, i would update to at least 10.4.9. If you are running 10.4, i would get a dvd copy of 10.4 and perform what is called an archive and install.

Keep me posted.

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