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I just switched from PC to iMac. I really like Mac OX, but I'm having a problem with our website CMS system in Firefox 2.0 and Safari. On windows everything works fine, and at first sight on Mac too, but after adding a couple of new post or changing other stuff the browser stops loading... It's just the same operation that worked 2 seconds before very well... It's like the memory (or something else) is full... The only solution I have is to close the browser, restart it, and then it works again for several minutes... Anybody any idea what could be wrong?
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I haven't come across anything exactly like this. I'd start by doing some experiments.
1. Try logging in to your CMS, then without doing anything on the site open another tab and load some other pages (i.e. not on your CMS) and see whether the browser bogs down. That way you would know whether the login process is enough to get the problem.
2. Try doing just one posting, then logout, load some other pages and see whether your browser gets into trouble.
3. Load the CMS in Safari, use it until the browser bogs down, then (without closing Safari) load the CMS in Firefox and see whether there is a problem in Firefox straight away. That way you will find out whether the problem is client- or server-side.

Without knowing the details, it's pure conjecture, but there could be an issue with JavaScript on the pages in the CMS management application. You could investigate this by enabling the Debug menu in Safari (see 4. below) or installing FireBug in Firefox (see 5. below). Then use these to look out for errors in your page loading.

4. To enable the Safari Debug menu: quit Safari, open a Terminal window (in /Applications/Utilities) and type this (the "%" is a system prompt so don't type that):

 % defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

Now start Safari and you should see the new Debug menu to the right of the Help menu. You can turn the Debug menu off by repeating this command with a 0 at the end instead of the 1.

5. You can get Firebug (for Firefox) from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1843

Just install this from the web page and then uder the Tools menu you will see a sub-menu for Firebug. Opening Firebug in a new window will show you the progress of loading of your pages, so you can see if there is an element that is causing a problem.

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