We have a problem with Safari on a 'white' iMac running OS 10.4.11 Basically, it gets slower and slower with longer and longer periods of 'whirly ball' pauses. Then we restart the iMac and is OK for a few days.

Any idea about what is causing this would be appreciated? Could it be plug-ins?

Technical Details: 2GHz PowerPC G5 iMac OS 10.4.11 running Safari 4.1.3

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    Have you tried resetting Safari? – lhf Jun 26 '12 at 12:28
  • Did you try to disable all plugins (or maybe just Flash as a first try) and restart Safari? Does performance still degrade after a few days? – nohillside Jun 26 '12 at 15:48

If you are keeping an application like Safari open and constantly running for multiple days at a time, this is the reason itself that is causing you the issue.

When you quit an Application, not close its windows, but actually quit it by either clicking on the name of the application in the top left hand corner and choosing quit or by hitting Command + Q while in the application, it will free up its RAM and resources that it is holding on to.

This happens a lot for people who don't like to restart their machine and constantly leave things running or always open. Its convenient, no argument there, but it can bog down your computer because it is constantly holding onto everything you have been doing.

It would be similar to never cleaning off your desk, always keeping everything you need on your desk at all times. Things would pile up and pile up and get more and more cluttered. Its convenient because you have everything in arms reach but after a while, the time it takes to find things in the piles of stuff that you have becomes longer and longer. That is what safari is doing, it is keeping track of all the stuff you have looked at and watched and done on the internet, just in case you want to return to it quickly. By leaving Safari open and running for days at a time, it is lugging around so much stuff that even doing simple things becomes a chore.

Now I am not telling you to turn off your computer every time your done using it. Using sleep mode is fine, but just remember to quit your applications. An easy way to see what Apps are open is by hitting command + tab. If there are a lot of things open, quit them. If they are quitted, they won't show up in the little box that pops up when you hit command + tab. Restarting your machine is good to do every couple of days, because it lets the computer free up resources that it may be holding on to that you probably aren't even using. Its just part of regular computer maintenance.

Some people will say to never restart your machine and others will argue and tell you to restart it or turn it off when your not using it. Everyone will have their theories and opinions when it comes to this. The important thing to remember either way is that you need to quit the apps that your aren't using anymore. If you are putting your computer to sleep, and you don't need what was open anymore, close those applications, free up the RAM they are using, give more resources back to the computer so that when you pull it back from sleep, it will be ready to work, instead of remembering to lug around those things you don't care about anymore.

You can also google search ways to keep your mac running smoothly, and you'll notice usually in that list is the advice to quit applications when not in use.

I know this was kind of winded, but I hope it helps you keep things optimized and running smoothly.

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Browsing on my mac with OS X 10.4.11 was very slow. I discovered that the culprit was my router having ipv6 enabled. I ran speedtest.net and was getting blazing speeds so I know it was not my internet connection. I recently installed a new router and had ipv6 support enabled. Loading websites the site would have to timeout for each page connection. I figured that 10.4.11 was old enough to not support ipv6 so I disabled it and now web sites load very quickly.

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