“Safari can’t open the page” issue fixed

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Ever since i got my Mac Pro in February, i have been having random issue with Safari. Sometimes, it would take a very long time loading a page while on other occasions, some items on a page would not be loaded. The error that i would commonly see is “Safari can’t open the page”.

Initially, i thought this could be due to me running a VMware Fusion virtual machine that’s causing the problem. But i have no such problem in Firefox. Finally, i decided to google for “Safari can’t open the page”. This took me to the Apple Discussion forum with the solution. For some reason, Safari in Leopard (10.5.2) is very flaky about the DNS. Originally, the DNS Servers for my Ethernet card pointed to my router:

DNS servers in System Preferences pointing to my router

After adding the two OpenDNS IP addresses, i have not seen any “Safari can’t open the page” error.

3 Comments

billSeptember 3rd, 2008 at 08:53

i have i mac running on tiger 10.4.11. today is sept 3 2008, since aug 28 the evening and aug 29th into today i still have problems on hot mail. now since sept 2 i upgrade to free live hotmails new, but now i can’t even get into anything and google is really too slow safari wont open page , i looked up on switching back to classic email of hotmail but still no good . i am waiting to see if hotmail can reset my email somehow because i can’t get into it to dee if a reply was even sent to me. How will i even get a reply i guess i can’t i don;t know what i can do its been too many of hours its getting worst. i had apple care . we did a check on computer, they really believe its work being done on hotmail safari. i thought i had a virus but i guess it the email.advise don’t switch to live if you are having slow issues on your classic hotmail. until they if they are , doing work which so far thats were i have been up to .

MichaelDecember 16th, 2009 at 21:44

Excellent that worked. Here is the DNS information.

1. Go to System Preferences
2. Click on Network
3. Select Built In Ethernet and click Advanced
4. Select the DNS tab and add 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 in place of any current DNS servers. Click OK

Joan ZorzutDecember 28th, 2010 at 08:12

I am trying to download Turbotax for Mac, but I still get the same error Safari can’t open the page even using your idea by changing the DNS

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