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OS 10.3.9

I've been a victim of the dreaded safari crashes, which happened everytime I went to a site and used a link to other pages on that site. The error message always read:

Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001)
Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE (0x0002) at 0x00000008

followed by 16 pages of weird stuff. Well, after a lot of troubleshooting, deleting safari prefs (didn't work), repairing permissions (nope, that neither) I found a temporary solution was to disable JavaScript in the Security prefs.

Can anyone explain? I'm fairly mac-literate but not a techie by a long straw. What's all that bad access, kern failure stuff? Has anyone any better & more lasting suggestions than disbling javascript? Or should I upgrade the OS to Tiger and switch to Firefox (can't get the new Firefox for 10.3.9).

Would welcome advice! Thanks.
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What version of OSX are you running? It sounds like it maybe Panther 10.3. A close friend had those same issues and switched to Tiger and the problem went away. Safari in 10.3.9 is way outdated and has issues with some Java sites. I tried an older Mac with 10.3.9 on the sites that were giving my friend issues and it crashed on my older system also.

Also can you give a few of the URL's that are crashing Safari on your system?
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Thanks dtravis, I guess you're right about the Panther - time to ditch it. Here are a couple of URLs that I've tried to get today and which crashed Safari.

Camden Foil

Map of Sibdon Carwood on AboutBritain.com

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Both of those are fine here in Safari under Leopard 10.5.5. I will try them on my old iMac with 10.3.9.

EDIT: They crash here under 10.3.9 in Safari. They are fine on a Tiger or Leopard machine.
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That's good enough for me. I've just ordered the upgrade to Tiger. Thanks for running the control experiment; hopefully this thread will snag the attention of other crashers - there's a lot of Panther-Safari grief out there.
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The reason I was pretty sure is my friend tried everything including a fresh install of 10.3 and upgraded to 10.3.9 and his sites crashed Safari no matter what he did.
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Tiger installed, problem solved. Thanks again!
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