Upgrading Safari on Oldish MAC OSX 10.3.9

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I have an old MAC, spec' is OSX 10.3.9, 1.8HHZ G5 processor & 256GB RAM.  The browsers, both Safari & IE seems to be out of date and not displaying some booking websites properly.

Safari is version is 1.3.2 and IE is Version 5.2.

Can I safly update these?  Can the OSX 10 handle these upgrades?  Is it better to just update one browser in case there are any issues? Can I restore to old version if the upgrade fails?

 I have no idea about MACs so any help is good.

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FrankBusiness Owner

You can safely updat safari via the built-in software update on the mac.
Those updates are as safe as they get.

Click on the apple logo in the left top of the screen, choose software updates and let all available updates install. This is the safe (and only) way to update Apple software such as Safari.

You can also install  Mozilla Firefox as an extra.


When I click that Apple updater it says that the MAC is up-to-date, but hen I check the browser version and it's 1.3.2, which is well out of date.
There is no point in trying to update IE. OS X support for IE was discontinued years ago.

If you pull down the Apple Menu to Software Updates, it should automatically update Safari to the latest version that your system will support.

If you intend to continue using this computer, I strongly recommed you upgrade the RAM. 256 GB is not enough to run OS X properly. Upgrade to at least 1 GB. If your Mac will support it, upgrade to 2 GB. Upgrading the RAM will make an enormous difference.

Exactly what model Mac do you have? You should be able to tell from the model number on the back or on the base.
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FrankBusiness Owner
Safari is no longer developed for OX 10.3.9.

see compatibility grid on : http://michelf.com/projects/multi-safari/
You may want to upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), which is still supported by Apple and compatible with your G5 Mac. That way you will also be able to run the latest version of Safari. Finding an official upgrade to Mac OS X 10.5 may be a bit of an issue. Apple Support should be able to help you with this. If you decide to do install 10.5, you will need to add more RAM memory to your ... (is it an iMac G5?). 1 GB minimum, 2 GB or more if your hardware and budget support this.
A. Get a new Mac.
B. If you don't get a new Mac, Max out the memory as Strung said and then you can...
C. Upgrade to 10.4 which is probably the most efficient OS for a G5 and give you a better Safari or
D. Upgrade to 10.5 which will be a bit slow but give a better Safari still, plus great backup software.
E. Install Firefox which is a great browser and will and probably accomplish what you after with 10.3, 10.4 or 10.5. Just make sure that you install that memory. www.ztechmemory.com = greatdeal with top quality and Mac Savvy.

To Recap: Memory and www.installFirefox.com

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