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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro Apps
On the Mac Pros, Front Row is installed but refuses to launch. You can see it is installed, as the application file is in /System -> Library -> CoreServices, and it is even an option to install on the Restore DVD. But Command-Escape produces nothing, and double-clicking on the app just creates two entries in the Console log: Bootstrap not privileged and No Remote Present. The first message is not an issue (Front Row is not supposed to be started from a double-click), but the second gives the answer: Front Row does not launch because it checks to see if the Apple IR remote is present. So the solution is to fool the system into thinking there is an IR remote...

It can be done by a simple edit of a plist file. Credit for this goes to the InsanelyMac forum members, who posted the solution in this thread. As usual, do a complete backup before proceding, just in case something should go wrong.

Case 1: You use an Apple mouse (eg the Mighty Mouse provided with your Mac Pro).

In Finder, choose Go > Go to folder and open /System -> Library -> Extensions -> AppleHIDMouse.kext -> Contents. Select Info.plist, do a Get Info (Command-I), and change the owner to you. Open it with Apple's Property List Editor or Plist Edit Pro. Unfold Root -> IOKitPersonalities. Select M19-0a, then click on the New Child button. Change the New item key to HIDRemoteControl, select it (HIDRemoteControl) and change its class from string to boolean (value = true). Do the same with M19-0b and M19-1: new child HIDRemoteControl, boolean = true.

Save the plist file. Open its Get Info window again, and set the owner back to system. Go to /System -> Library. Delete Extensions.kextcache and Extension.mkext (these are cache files that will be rebuilt at boot). Reboot.

Case 2: You use a Logitech mouse with the Logitech Control Center installed.

In Finder, choose Go > Go to folder and open /System -> Library -> Extensions -> IOUSBFamily.kext -> Contents -> PlugIns -> IOUSBHIDDriver.kext -> Contents. Select Info.plist, do a Get Info, and change the owner to you. Open it with Apple's Property List Editor or Plist Edit Pro.

Unfold Root -> IOKitPersonalities. Select Generic Keyboard, then click on New Child button. Change the New item key to HIDRemoteControl, select it (HIDRemoteControl) and change its class from string to boolean (value = true).

Save the plist file. Open its Get Info window again, and set the owner back to system. Go to /System -> Library. Delete Extensions.kextcache and Extension.mkext (these are cache files that will be rebuilt at boot). Reboot.

Case 3: You use another mouse

First, try Case 1 and Case 2. If it still does not work, plug in an Apple mouse on USB (even if you do not use it!) and make the edits. After next boot, unplug your keyboard and mouse, and plug them back. Hit Command-Escape, and enjoy Front Row.
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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: fahirsch on Nov 13, '06 11:47:23AM

Nice!
I tried Case 1, but at first nothing happened except getting an error mesage.
I then Repaired Permissions and it now works.



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Which Case I wonder?
Authored by: apfhex on Nov 13, '06 03:51:11PM

I've seen these instructions posted elsewhere but didn't want to bother digging around in important files at the time.

What if you use a Logitech mouse with SteerMouse instead of LCC?



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Which Case I wonder?
Authored by: urbanose on Nov 13, '06 05:50:08PM

I have the same configuration, so I'm also interested in how to get Front Row running on the Mac Pro.



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Which Case I wonder?
Authored by: sd on Nov 14, '06 12:58:18AM

in case of a Logitech mouse without LCC, you have to find which extension is used.
I guess that SteerMouse installs its own extension (something like /Library/Extensions/SteerMouse.kext) ; you have to find it and edit the plist inside this.



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Which Case I wonder?
Authored by: urbanose on Nov 14, '06 07:54:55AM

...and it works ! Thanks ! :]



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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: phalkone on Nov 13, '06 04:04:51PM

I have a BT Mighty Mouse and followed the instructions in case 1. Unfortunately nothing happens when I hit command+esc. When I try opening Front Row in the CoreServices folder I also still get the error that I don't have a remote. I really don't know what to do. Please help!



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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: sd on Nov 14, '06 01:01:52AM

You have 2 solutions:
- use case 3 (find a basic non BT Apple mouse and plug it on USB)
- try to find which extension is used for BT mouses and hack it



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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: zpjet on Nov 14, '06 12:08:37AM

somebody should write a driver for one of them cheap usb IrDA sticks which would fit nicely in the front slot.



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Support Other IR-Controls
Authored by: bruderfranz on Nov 14, '06 12:44:34AM

Or even nicer, a driver that supports the Remote Controls shipped with various DVB-T sticks (like the Miglia Mini TV).



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Support Other IR-Controls
Authored by: zpjet on Nov 17, '06 02:51:39PM

um... if you have miglia remote, then you can control frontrow can't you? new eyetv at least suports front row.



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la même chose en français
Authored by: sd on Nov 15, '06 04:07:50AM
Pour ceux qui prfèrent l'astuce en français :
http://www.macosx86.net/WebObjects/MacOSX86FO.woa/5/wa/news?id=2999&wosid=BbIVpy9TbGtoRif9rKSLbM

(for those who'd like to read it in French)

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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: davymac on Dec 18, '06 02:36:49PM
One more tip, I didnt think to do this sooner. If you STILL have trouble after doing all the above like I did, go to Apple menu> Security, and uncheck the "Disable remote control infrared receiver." Close it and you should now be able to instantly hit Command + Esc to get Front Row. Screen Grab at http://www.dimented.net so you can see.

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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: jfelds on Feb 13, '07 08:50:43PM

I used the andrew escobar way of getting front row for my ibook G4. Then I tried the instructions for making it work with my BT mighty mouse. However, after i followed the instructions front row no longer worked. Is there any way to get the mouse to work with front row if I used the downloaded version?



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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: cdang on Feb 27, '07 08:55:11AM

Any body seen this?

System extension cannot be used.
The system extension "/System/Library/Extensions/AppleHIDMouse.kext" was installed improperly and cannot be used. Please try reinstalling it, or contact the product's vendor for an update
I tried to delete and install it again, still didn't work. Please help!!

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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: ozBadMAN on Mar 14, '07 11:17:32PM

guys new to macs so excuse my ignorance on this question.


Question: I want to get front row working with the (apple remote) I do have the keyspan nice but I like the apple remote.

Machine Mac Pro 2.66 /intel. 2007.


So I understand that your able to get front row to work with the mouse or keyboard short cut but what about with the ir that the keyspan uses, i have also downloaded the Mira software which allows me to use the apple remote for almost anything but again front row is listed but nothing happens.

Obvious that the mac wont recognize the ir, any way to force it to see the ir(keyspan ir), or can you buy the ir from apple for a mini and plug it into the mother board direct( Mad question but coming from a x-pc owner i have to ask)

Any ides even mad ones lol.
Rik



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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: codebowl on Apr 06, '07 12:10:36AM

I am not sure why but i have the wireless apple keyboard and mouse. I followed method 1 and nothing happened I even tried repairing permissions. I tried method 2 and well that killed my computer and I had to reinstall the OS.

I came back after that and attempted method 3. That did not work either.

I have the Mantra TR1 IrD with Mira installed. I can open iTunes, iPhoto, etc with my remote. However trying to open FrontRow does nothing.

Any other suggestions?



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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: kobe24mvp on Apr 23, '07 02:05:57AM

Tried option 1 and succeeded without any issues. I have a Mighty Mouse, and used Front Row with the Keyspan RF Remote for Front Row--works flawlessly.



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Possible Bluetooth Mighty Mouse solution
Authored by: robg on May 07, '07 08:27:05AM
The following was submitted as a new tip by an anonymous contributor; I haven't test it, so if you do, please comment on whether or not it works...

-rob.

I read the article about how to enable Front Row and did this on my Mac Pro. But some people on MacRumors couldn't get it running, as they had a Bluetooth Mighty Mouse. So I decided to go searching and try to fix this problem.

Well I have done some searching in my system, and I think I might know what to do for the wireless mighty mouses. However, I can't test it in any way. So this is provided as is!

Drill down to system » library » extensions » IOBluetoothHIDDriver.kext » contents » info.plist, then go to IOkitpersonalities. Now in both the IOAppleBluetoothHIDDriver and in the IOBluetoothHIDDriver, make a child object item and call it HIDRemoteControl. Make it Boolean and make it true. And remember to do this in both the IOBluetoothHIDDriver and IOAppleBluetoothHIDDriver files. Save it and set permissions back (well, remember to change them in the first place so you can edit the file).


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Possible Bluetooth Mighty Mouse solution
Authored by: macman64 on Jun 07, '07 10:18:16PM
I thought i put my email in for that...but i submitted that, and it was discussed here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=300487 post 29 talks about it.

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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: Bojeebees on Sep 29, '07 02:54:03PM

I've tried case two and have not yet been able to make this work. I'm using 10.4.10. No error messages when trying to launch Front Row, nothing. I'd appreciate some help! Thanks



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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: brando_k on Oct 07, '07 10:24:11AM
from www.tuaw.com (http://www.tuaw.com/2006/11/14/enabling-front-row-on-your-mac-pro-bluetooth-mighty-mouse-edit/)

The following steps are what you must do after adding the boolean value for M19-0a, M19-0b, and M19-1:

Click on the arrow to the left of M6.
Click on the first property that appears, whatever it is.
Press New Sibling, in the upper left of the window.
A new model string will be inserted and rename it to HIDRemoteControl.
Locate the new HIDRemoteControl line (it's in alphabetical order).
Change the type from String to Boolean.
Change the Boolean value to Yes.
Click on the arrow to the left of M6-events.
Click on the first property that appears, whatever it is.
Press New Sibling, in the upper left of the window.
A new model string will be inserted and rename it to HIDRemoteControl.
Locate the new HIDRemoteControl line (it's in alphabetical order).
Change the type from String to Boolean.
Change the Boolean value to Yes.
Thanks for the contribution, Sam!

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10.4: Enable Front Row on the Mac Pro
Authored by: robogobo on Dec 03, '07 03:50:27PM

fyi Front Row is enabled for Mac Pros in 10.5 Leopard.



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