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Apr 25, 2007 10:31 AM

Chowhound crashing Safari?

Anyone else running into this? Almost every time I post a reply, Safari goes byebye. My message gets posted, but the app will crash.

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  1. Yep. Known problem since the CNET takeover. There are a number of
    threads about it here which if search was working you could search for.
    Bottom line: nothing you can do about it and no fix in sight. You could
    try downloading the latest nightly "web kit" build from
    (this is the development version of Safari) which does not seem to have
    the bug. But that release probably isn't coming out until os x 10.5 next
    september or so.

    1. Same thing here about every third post.

      4 Replies
        1. re: fauchon

          I think it's the revenge of PC from the Apple commercials... naughty PC with his Apple-envy...

          1. re: bulavinaka

            This continues to happen on my Internet Explorer at work. Very annoying and keeps me from posting.

            bye (crash)

            1. re: Up With Olives

              We don't normally get reports of IE crashing on posting. If you've got anymore details to share (error messages, etc), can you pass them along? You can add them here or send them to

      1. Apple has released a new version of Safari. v3.0. Still officially a "beta" but so far it's working pretty well. I've used pre-release versions and it seems to have resolved the crashing problem.

        You can get it here:

        8 Replies
        1. re: Chuckles the Clone

          It's great it's working for you, but the 3.0 beta Safari has been reported as phenenomally buggy for most users on most Mac sites ( , ), so Id' suggest chowhounds upgrade with caution.

          1. re: Jim Leff

            It has a couple of layout issues, but in my experience I wouldn't call it "phenomenally" buggy. Most of those reports are about it having some sort of bad interaction with Mail. I wasn't able to reproduce any of them, so I'd assume there's a third factor in play.

            I've been using it heavily (developing a deployed commercial application you might have heard of) and the benefits (spell checking!, does not crash when posting!) are outweighing the negatives.

            But sure, caution is advised. It comes with an uninstaller. So if you run into problems you can back out and aren't totally screwed.

            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

              I'm glad to hear that. I haven't upgraded from 2..04 because of the reported problems. I like Safari except that it won't autofill on eBay and occas. shuts down after posting here. I've started using Camino for these two sites, but Safari for everything else.

              1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                As an experienced developer, you ought to know that beta software is not for non-power users (who, for one thing, are unlikely to know how to "back out" of the install).

                But at least it's moving along...a new beta was just released, and early reports are that it's much more stable. So hopefully we'll have a final release soon and Chowhound will be easier to navigate for all of us!

                1. re: Jim Leff

                  Closed beta is not for "non power users". An open beta, especially from a company like Apple which takes software engineering seriously, certainly *is* for non-power users.

                  Besides, I'm not recommending it for everybody. Only people who are concerned enough with the constant crashing of the Chow software that they come to this thread looking for help. CH has made it clear that they're not going to address the problem (and have you noticed that some of the javascript packages this site is built on are still in beta too? "Prototype JavaScript framework, version 1.5.0_rc2", etc...).

                  1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                    My browser just crashed twice in two postings. Ugh. I'm going to give the latest Safari beta a day to see if horrendous problems are reporting, then will jump over and not look back.

              2. re: Jim Leff

                Five months later, Safari 3 is now completely out of beta for all Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 users. It comes standard with 10.5. And the latest 10.4.11 update just brought it to people still on 10.4.

                1. re: Chuckles the Clone

                  The update was just released, and it's a real good idea for people to hold off on updating system software until reports are in. And so far, reports say that Safari is crashing on launch for some experienced users who updated correctly. See and versiontracker

            2. I just typed a post and for the first time in ages my Explorer didn't crash. Thank you, whomever!