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Fix Front Row 'movie trailer not responding' errors
Authored by: twoslash on Mar 03, '06 10:10:53PM
This article was very helpful, and was the only thing that worked for me (I'm using a brand new sIntel iMac 20"). But in the end, it was inconvenient for www.apple.com to point to my local mac all the time. Also, I couldn't get the .htaccess file to add xml as an x-httpd-php type, so I had to make that a global extension type in my httpd.conf -- which is probably not a good idea.

But I did find a workaround! Using the php script and the knowledge I gained from the NetInfo info above, I setup an arbitrary domain on my local mac, instead of overriding www.apple.com (or I suppose I could just use localhost, but I am a geek), and then I hacked the Front Row executable using HexEdit, replacing the URL to apple's xml file with the URL to my php script. The Front Row exec is located at /System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row/Contents/MacOS/Front Row, and the URL occurs in it twice.

NOTE: I made the URL to my php script the same exact character length as the original URL, so as to avoid any potential errors with checksums (although I don't know if it would cause a problem otherwise). For example:

old: http://www.apple.com/trailers/home/xml/current.xml
new: http://apple.my_mac.com/just_a_filler/trailers.php

Et voila! Also, my connection is just fast enough for the v640.mov's, so in my case I opted to try taking out the str_replace call in the php script and just use echo $line. These trailers look awesome on my 20"!! Very happy now.... (til the next front row update... and if it doesn't work, then it's back to HexEdit!!)

Thanks for the article.

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