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Greetings,
Please forgive the lengthy list of symptoms below - I thought that my Safari hangup troubles were in the past, since I learned to empty the cache periodically ( thank you Carolyn Samit) and also stopped accumulating enormous RSS files (thank you chscag) but today a new hangup appeared.
I am running Safari 5.0.6 on OS 10.5.8 and today am having trouble accessing some sites that I used to access with no trouble - and after failing to access the sites in question, Safari is blocked - can't access previous sites - I cannot reopen a previously read page, for example - but if I quit Safari, restart it, then the sites which worked previously still work, until I again try to open a troublesome site. I have just returned home from a trip where Safari worked just fine (I think, but did not use it extensively on the trip) with another airport network and now today on my home network this trouble has appeared. Using Firefox, I am able to access these sites as usual, but I prefer to use Safari.

example: no trouble reading the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/ or the New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/ or wikipedia or google on either Safari or Firefox. However when I tried to access http://www.actblue.com/ ( a frequently used site for me, which goes to https://secure.actblue.com usually with no problem ) Safari did not work and then refused to work for anything else, sometimes a "force quit" required, and after quitting and restarting Safari I was again able to read the New York Times, etc. but the actblue site now only works with Firefox. The site http://www.democracyforamerica.com also does not work with Safari, as it used to, but Firefox has no problem with it. The BBC site http://www.bbc.com/news/ also made Safari hangup (as did other BBC sites such as http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/guide ) but was accessible with Firefox. What was spooky with the BBC sites is that, after many BBC site hangups, when I turned my router off and on again, Safari was then able to access them - although how a router problem could be disabling for Safari for the BBC sites while enabling Firefox is not imaginable (?). However, turning the router off/on did nothing for the http://www.democracyforamerica.com/ site, which remains inaccessible with Safari (my usual way of access) but not with Firefox.

With the sites in question, Safari just displays "contacting ..." as usual, but never connects.

Does anyone have any suggestions? - With best regards from Switzerland.
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Think your problems are with an old operating system and Safari version alas. What are the computer specifications?

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
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Thank you for the reply - well, yes, I am aware that my system (10.5.8, as I said) and computer (from 2008 Macbook 4.1, Intel) are old and that I will have to update eventually - but the terminal application works well and that's mostly what I am interested in - I had thought that somehow the sudden appearance of this malfunction, being simultaneous with the wireless network change (5 days using different network), might be related to some change in the configuration (proxies?) occasioned by the network change itself. As I said, I did not use it extensively during this short trip, but only 5 days ago both the www.actblue.com and Democracy For America sites worked perfectly, with the usual home network. And that the BBC sites (the first malfunctioning sites that I found this morning, I kept quitting and restarting Safari just because of the BBC sites, and only noticed the others this evening) should start being accessible again during the day is certainly not explained -
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and wow - the actblue site just started working again - but democracyforamerica still freaks Safari out - perhaps Switzerland has already started a slow lane for progressive web sites?
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Your MB will run Snow Leopard OS X.6 for starters and runs Rosetta so all your old PowerPC applications like Office etc will be okay. Only $20 from Apple online. Updating to OS X.6.8 will allow you access to the App Store. A good upgrade Alff.

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