how to install front row 1.2.1 and not destroy your mac

This page has some great software to help you install Front Row on your mac, but if you don’t read the directions very very carefully*, you’ll murder your operating system’s menu bar. And it turns out you need that.

So, anyway, I can break this down for you real easy-like:

  • If you have never installed Front Row on your mac, closely follow the directions on this page and you’ll have no problem. Update and run your copy of iTunes 6.0.4 first, before you invoke Front Row.
  • If you have installed Front Row on your mac using Andrew Escobar’s excellent “Front Row Enabler”, just download Front Row and install it using Pacifist. Andrew’s enabler software has already made the changes to two files (bezelservices) that trick your mac into thinking it has an IR remote. Again, however, update and run your copy of iTunes 6.0.4 first, before you invoke Front Row.
  • If, like me, you borked your mac by missing the crucial bifurcation explained above, fix it by downloading the Mac OS X 10.4.5 combo update and Pacifist, then use Pacifist to open the 10.4.5 updater package and select and reinstall these two files:

    /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BezelServices.framework/
    /System/Library/LoginPlugins/BezelServices.loginPlugin/

    …and after restart, you should be ok. Run Front Row Enabler, click “Enable Front Row”, then restart again. Once again: update and run your copy of iTunes 6.0.4 first, before you invoke Front Row.

~jeff

* This is one of my big pet peeves; open source software “README” and “INSTALL” files often fall into this trap. If there’s something dangerous I need to know about your software, please tell me before we start. English-reading humans read left to right and top to bottom, so things I need to know right off the bat? Put ’em on the left and on the top.

6 thoughts on “how to install front row 1.2.1 and not destroy your mac”

  1. Thanks for your site. I actually read it, thought the prob didn’t afgfect me (I missed the fact that the iTunes update is essential) fucked my Mac anyway. Then re-read, got the article, adn fixed.

    Three things:
    * Make the instructions clear – ie, in bold ‘IF YOU DO NOT DOWNLOAD AND RUN ITUNES 6.04 FIRST, YOU WILL DESTROY OSX AND NEED TO FOLLOW THE PROCEEDURE BELOW’
    * Maybe get Andrew Escobar to do the same.
    * Thanks heaps anyway – I’d have been lost without you.

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