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Fix Front Row 'movie trailer not responding' errors
Authored by: regulus on Mar 13, '06 07:20:38PM

This hint fixed my problem, but I too made some changes to make it even simpler (in my opinion). I tried to combine gboudrea's hint with twoslash's suggestion of hacking the Front Row executable. In this way I don't have to mess with NetInfo or a webserver. Here's the basics of what I did.

1. I wrote a script to download and save the file http://www.apple.com/trailers/home/xml/current.xml to my hard drive. The script also replaces every instance of _v640.mov with _v320.mov in current.xml

2. I open /System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row/Contents/MacOS/Front Row with a hex editor and make front row use my current.xml file on my hard drive instead of the one on Apple's website.

3. I edited my crontab file to run my script automatically which keeps current.xml up-to-date

Here's the script I use with crontab
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#!/bin/bash
rm /Users/hmcshane/zzMisc/frontrow/current.xml
curl http://www.apple.com/trailers/home/xml/current.xml > /Users/hmcshane/zzMisc/frontrow/current.xml
perl -pi -e 's/_v640.mov/_h320.mov/g' /Users/hmcshane/zzMisc/frontrow/current.xml
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Note 1: I keep the current.xml file on my computer at /Users/hmcshane/zzMisc/frontrow/ so change your directory path as needed in the script. I took twoslash's suggestion of keeping the path name the same number of characters as Apple uses in their path name (which is 50 characters).

Note 2: when I edited the front row executable, I replaced http://www.apple.com/trailers/home/xml/current.xml with file:///Users/hmcshane/zzMisc/frontrow/current.xml. There are 2 replacements you need to make.

Note 3: I used the application CronniX to change my crontab file. You can find CronniX at http://www.abstracture.de/projects-en/cronnix.

I'm so happy now. Thanks for this hint!!!!!!!



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Fix Front Row 'movie trailer not responding' errors
Authored by: ibookster on Apr 11, '06 11:40:44AM

I tried downloading the xml manually and put it in a folder in my home. I changed the xml path in frontrow, and checked the new path in safari, and it found the xml. I quit frontrow in activity viewer and replaced it with the modified version, but I still can't get a hold of the server. I got plenty if juice in this brand new imac, and I got 24mbit down...I am using frontrow 1.2.1

any pointers?



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Fix Front Row 'movie trailer not responding' errors
Authored by: ibookster on Apr 11, '06 12:12:46PM

never mind got it working now - just need to set up the script:)



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