Jerame Davis

Attention Mac Safari Users

Filed By Jerame Davis | March 09, 2008 1:13 PM | comments

Filed in: Site News
Tags: Mac, Safari

If you are having trouble with Safari crashing when you visit The Bilerico Project, the issue is due to a problem with your Flash plugin and a recent Quicktime update.

You can fix the crashes (which are probably happening with other website too) by downgrading your version of Flash. The version of Flash known to be causing problems is the most recent - Flash 9.115. The version you want to install is Flash 9.47.

This is a known issue after the recent Quicktime 7.4.1 update. Detailed instructions on how to remove your old Flash and install the previous version are after the jump.

First, you'll need to download the appropriate version of Flash. Here are links to each:

PowerPC Mac Intel Mac

Next, you'll need to remove the current plugins from your Internet Plugins folder. Navigate to Macintosh HD/Library/Internet Plugins (I'm using the default name of the boot drive, if you renamed your boot drive, adjust appropriately)

From the Internet Plugins folder, delete anything with the name Flash in the filename.

Now, run the installer you downloaded and install Flash.

When done, be sure to restart.

That's it. Hopefully Apple or Adobe will fix this problem soon. In the meantime, there is very little difference between Flash 9.47 and 9.115, so it shouldn't be much of an issue to stick with the old version until there is a fix.


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Just so that you know that Jerame and Bilerico aren't the only ones that encounter problems like this: ... just a few hours ago I discovered that the entire website at www.att.com is not compatible with the Mozilla firefox browser. You can view the pages, but many of the action buttons don't work. When I use IE7, I get a whole different set of webpages.

Jerame, I suspect that Bilerico doesn't pay you enough ... at least, not yet.

I'd second that, Allen. :)

I'm still having a problem with Safari hanging and eventually dying on certain pages. I've switched to Firefox until Apple solves the problem - no problems whatsoever. I do love my Safari (best browser out there!) but I'm on the site so much that I can't take the constant interruptions.

A.J. Lopp, I couldn't agree more. There used to be this idea called standards and websites and Internet communications were expect to follow them strictly. But thanks to companies like Microsoft and their ilk, it has become OK to break with standards or even just create your own when you don't like the current model.

Testing has become an afterthought - if it works on the test system in the lab, surely it'll work in the wild, right?