Corrupted Safari download?

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in Apple Software edited January 2014
I downloaded Safari 5.0.5 (5533.21.1) some months ago. All went well until I tried to boot it up for the first time. I have a MacBookPro (2007) Build 9L30, version 10.5.8. This "new" version of safari would not fully open but remains partially open. This version shows the blue activity highlite moving from left to right, and it covers "http"; thereafter without any blue highliting, the caption reads "://www.apple.com/startpage/". Nothing I do will allow this brownser to get up and go.The Page remains about half-sized. I have deleted it and re-downloaded it a few times. I took it into the closest Mac Genius Bar and I got a rather incomprehensible description of what may have happened: apparently a download can, occasionally, mess up the structure of the OS and change it to the extent that it will need to be clean installed. That sounded extremely complicated. I gave up PC's and bought into Macs (my family now have three macbookpros) just to avoid complicated screw-ups. I am going to visit another Genius soon but thought I would ask you geniuses out there if you can help me out. I think I am not getting some updates from Apple because of the non-functioning Safari. Any helpful thoughts?

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  • MarvinMarvin Posts: 13,728member, moderator
    I suspect you mean the Apple start page won't load fully. Does it allow you to visit other websites and if so do they render half the page too?



    You can try using the webkit builds:



    http://builds.nightly.webkit.org/fil...SVN-r87697.dmg

    http://nightly.webkit.org/



    Webkit is what Safari is based on, Apple just gives you releases at certain stages of development but the nightly build is the latest version with the most up-to-date features.



    If you do need to do a system install, you'd start up from your system disc by holding the c-key and do an archive install, which won't affect your data.
  • rbmcnrbmcn Posts: 9member
    Hi Marvin,

    Thanks for that. It is the Apple start page I am referring to. It will not allow me to bring up any other page- it merely get the url appearing in the search box but with the blue highlite covering only the http bit. I will check out the link you sent.
  • rbmcnrbmcn Posts: 9member
    Hi Marvin,

    I downloaded the file at the link you suggested but when I try to open it the page will not load (just as per the Safari Apple page). The blue highlite stops after the colon (file and will not move right over the rest of the address (///volume ....).\
  • MarvinMarvin Posts: 13,728member, moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rbmcn View Post


    Hi Marvin,

    I downloaded the file at the link you suggested but when I try to open it the page will not load (just as per the Safari Apple page). The blue highlite stops after the colon (file and will not move right over the rest of the address (///volume ....).\



    It may not have downloaded the file correctly if Safari is broken - Did you download it using another computer/browser? If not, you can use the terminal app in /Applications/Utilities/Terminal. Copy/paste in the following:



    curl http://builds.nightly.webkit.org/fil...SVN-r87697.dmg > ~/Downloads/webkit.dmg



    That will download the webkit.dmg file to your downloads folder. You'd then mount the .dmg and drag the webkit app into the Applications folder.
  • rbmcnrbmcn Posts: 9member
    Ok- the webkit package wouldn't download- I received the same message as I got trying to use Safari.I went to the local Genius bar and problem was solved. Something in the Leopard OS had misfired. So, following instructions, I inserted the original Leopard system disc and rebooted with "c" key depressed, then went thro' the archive reinstall procedure. This worked. Safari now opens fine, altho it is the original very old Safari . Thanks to Martin for his tips.



    Now have new problem- I have Boot Camp installed. It seems I cannot update my Safari browser because there isn't enough space the hard drive. So I want to reduce the amount of space that Boot Camp has dedicated to Windows by deleting most of the programs there (including Steam and a large game). My question is: once I have freed up a huge portion of the hard drive on the Windows side, how can I "give" that space back to the mac in order that I can download all the updates available? Any tips here? I basically want to increase the amount of space the mac can use and reduce the space the Windows/Bootcamp side uses. Thanks.
  • MarvinMarvin Posts: 13,728member, moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rbmcn View Post


    Thanks to Martin for his tips.



    Yeah, thanks Martin.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rbmcn View Post


    once I have freed up a huge portion of the hard drive on the Windows side, how can I "give" that space back to the mac in order that I can download all the updates available?



    The easiest way to do it is to clone the contents of the Windows drive to an external drive using WinClone:



    http://download.cnet.com/Winclone/30..._4-172338.html



    Then delete the partition using Bootcamp assistant and create a smaller partition with the same assistant.



    Finally, use WinClone to put the clone back in place. Make sure the new partition you create is big enough to hold your cloned system.
  • rbmcnrbmcn Posts: 9member
    Thanks again Marvin. I will try my hand at this Winclone approach. Sounds a bit daunting but will have a go. I do appreciate the advice. I see that I wrongly called you "Martin" for which I apologize- sometimes the ol' fingers fly faster than the brain.
  • rbmcnrbmcn Posts: 9member
    At the end of the day I deleted all my windows side and reverted to only mac. Even with this drastic step, Safari will not load or function. The Genius guys at Exeter have done their best but no idea about how this came about. So, I will ignore Safari and continue to use only Chrome and Firefix. Thanks for the advice. This is fine board.
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