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iMac 4.1 with Intel Core Duo processor but Safari thinks it's a PowerPC.

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My iMac has an Intel Core Duo processor but Safari thinks it's a PowerPC. Hence I can't watch my Netflix movies on my Mac.

What can I do to make Safari properly broadcast that my Mac has an Intel Core Duo and not a PowerPC?

By the way, Firefox reports the CPU correctly and does allow me to watch Netflix movies, but I want to use Safari.

Kevin
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Quit Safari

Enable the Safari debug menu - http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030110063041629

You will now have the option to change how your Browser appears when online.

BTW. What version of 10.4.?? are you running?  And what version of Safari?
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the develop menu debug link is 5 years old

newer versions of safari let you turn the developer menu on and off through the advanced section in safari's preferences
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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Point taken Philip ... thanks
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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Thanks...I'll do this tomorrow when at my Mac and get back to you.

Kevin
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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This is what the user agent string is:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10_4_11; en) AppleWebKit/525.27.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.2.1 Safari/525.27.1

What do I change in order for it to properly broadcast that the Mac is an Intel Mac?

Kevin
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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My guess is this but I would like someone to confirm:

Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_4_11; en) AppleWebKit/525.27.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.2.1 Safari/525.27.1

Kevin
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The user agent "fix" isn't really a fix as it only works for a single page at a time.

I found a fix: find Safari in the Applications folder, open the "Get Info" dialog, and uncheck "Open using Rosetta".

Kevin
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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I hadn't even considered that you were using Rosetta.  There should be no reason to enable this checkbox in the first place so I guess it is a hang-over from your system settings .. did you upgrade from an earlier version of OSX or copy your system from an older Mac?
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by:zorvek (Kevin Jones)
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It's not my Mac, it's my Dad's. I am pretty sure he has done some upgrades because he has had the same box for about three years. I have no idea what "Rosetta" even is...I just found the fix on another web site while doing some searches.

Kevin
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