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post #1 of 43
Thread Starter 
Hi,

check this out, Front Row on a Macmini

And here is an report with more links.
post #2 of 43
I have it running on my Power Mac - pretty smooth.

It needs more features though.
JLL

95% percent of the boat is owned by Microsoft, but the 5% Apple controls happens to be the rudder!
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post #3 of 43
Thread Starter 
Hi JLL,

I haven't installed it on my PB.
I heared that DVD playback isn't working, have you tried that?
post #4 of 43
I don't have a DVD here at work, so no I haven't tried. Everything else works fine though.
JLL

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post #5 of 43
I installed it on my 14" iBook G4 1.2 Ghz last night, havent played with it too much, but its pretty buggy. The Photos work fine, didnt try DVD, Movies seemed to be fine, I browsed and watched a movie trailer without a problem, Music only works once after a restart, then if I go to my desktop and back into Front Row it stops working, gives me an error. It's very cool none-the-less.
post #6 of 43
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Originally posted by JLL
I have it running on my Power Mac - pretty smooth.

It needs more features though.

Does it work well without the remote? Can you use the remote with an iSight camera as the infrared port?
post #7 of 43
i have the keyspan express remote that i'll program tonight for use with front row
post #8 of 43
Cool,

But how did you all get a copy of it? Can you buy it anywhere?
post #9 of 43
You can most certainly buy it on bittorrent sites.
'L'enfer, c'est les autres' - JPS
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post #10 of 43
It's cool, if you install a bunch of quicktime codecs you can watch pretty much any movie you put in your movies folder. Too bad their wasn't a media center that used mplayer, or vlc for it's video playback ;-)
post #11 of 43
I've installed it on my iBook G4 12" and it works great! A little bit slow, but still works fine. Pictures, Music, and Videos all work fine and I havn't tried DVDs yet.
Alec
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post #12 of 43
jeez. this is very cool. it seems to be okay with showing .wmv files in my movie folder too.
post #13 of 43
[edited]

If you're having problems with playing music and getting the "can't communicate" error make sure you startup iTunes before you startup Front Row.
post #14 of 43
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Originally posted by Gene Clean
You can most certainly buy it on bittorrent sites.

interesting choice of words -- buy? --

Runs like a champ here. now I just need the BT phone
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post #15 of 43
Well, having tried it myself now (without a remote), I can definitely say this is a cool thing. And I think it's a crime that Apple's limiting it to the iMac. They should just bundle it on a CD, along with a small IR/USB converter, in the box with that new Apple Remote. This is exactly what Mac mini HTPC modders have been begging for since day 1.
post #16 of 43
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Originally posted by buckeye
Does it work well without the remote?

You just use the arrow keys, space bar and escape.


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Originally posted by buckeye
Can you use the remote with an iSight camera as the infrared port?

That would need some kind of drivers and it's not the way it works on the iMac.
JLL

95% percent of the boat is owned by Microsoft, but the 5% Apple controls happens to be the rudder!
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post #17 of 43
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Originally posted by a_greer
interesting choice of words -- buy? --

Runs like a champ here. now I just need the BT phone

Sarcasm, is another interesting word.
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post #18 of 43
I want to set up a mini on my entertainment center and use Front Row. Is there a way to use a remote with the Mini?
post #19 of 43
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Originally posted by kyle325ci
I want to set up a mini on my entertainment center and use Front Row. Is there a way to use a remote with the Mini?

Bluetooth cell phone
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post #20 of 43
Looks like Ive got some research to do. I can use BT my cellphone to control front row?
post #21 of 43
Thread Starter 
Hi,

all the people which downloaded Font Row to "test" it on their iBook, PB, PM, old iMac should read this onTUAW
post #22 of 43
I've heard it's only 2.8 megs so I don't suppose anyone with the application would be willing to email it to me? I'm behind my uni's network, so can't get it via Bit Torrent.

If anyone is willing please PM so I can use it.
Daniel Tull
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post #23 of 43
how do i buy front row for my Mac
post #24 of 43
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by C.A.T.S. CEO
how do i buy front row for my Mac

By a new iMac.
post #25 of 43
here isn't front row
http://www.apple.com/imac


Admin Edit: No posting links to copyrighted software.
post #26 of 43
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evilcat:
I think your link is violating the posting guidelines.
post #27 of 43
Im new here. Whats wrong with it?
post #28 of 43
Is anyone using a remote with the mini for Front Row?
post #29 of 43
evilcat,

Could be that you are posting a link to copyrighted material that is not for sale separately.
post #30 of 43
I just bought a Keyspan Digital Remote and I use it with Frontrow. The remote is infrared and it's pretty awesome even without Frontrow. Definately worth the price for the remote. It took me 5 minutes to make sure it worked with Frontrow. Pretty cool I'm running Frontrow on an 800 mhz iMac just for the music it works pretty well.
post #31 of 43
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Originally posted by Bulky Cranium
evilcat,

Could be that you are posting a link to copyrighted material that is not for sale separately.

OMG, that site is in so much shit when Apple finds out.
post #32 of 43
also evilcat, its "the funnest app we've ever written" not "funniest". douche. this link needs to vanish from here asap before none of us can browse the forums because some apple legal BS...
pe@ce
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post #33 of 43
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Trans9B
...this link needs to vanish from here asap before none of us can browse the forums because some apple legal BS...

I decided to send the moderator of this forum a pm regarding this.
The link realy needs to be removed.
post #34 of 43
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Originally posted by bka77
I decided to send the moderator of this forum a pm regarding this.
The link realy needs to be removed.

No kidding, anyone interested enough to apply the hack could find it on their own
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post #35 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by a_greer
No kidding, anyone interested enough to apply the hack could find it on their own

That's true.
But due to the legal issues it is better not to post a actual link to a site where you can download it.
post #36 of 43
I thought Front Row was hardware dependent?

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post #37 of 43
Quote:
Originally posted by iPoster
I thought Front Row was hardware dependent?


It is sorta pointless without the remote, but a BT cell phone can allegedly controll the thing
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post #38 of 43
since Front Row can also be operated by keyboard, my apple wireless keyboard does just fine. i do a lot of cooking, so i connect my 20 inch cinema display to my powerbook, set it up where i can see it from the kitchen, and put the keyboard on an area of the surface i wont screw up. works like a charm and using it from a distance like that is a really enjoyable experience. definitely not hardware dependent. apple is just trying really hard to market the new imac. my guess is that it'll be part of iLife 06.
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post #39 of 43
update: seems like i'm the only one still interested in this! well, i've read a lot of people complaining that you can't access your ipod when connected with front row, and i have discovered a really simple and obvious way around that. load iTunes first, select your iPod as the source, then play whatever song you want to kick off. then reveal front row - under now playing will be the song you selected, and you can pause/play, skip backwards/forwards. it'll display the album artwork and song info, you just can't browse. not 100% what i wanted, but i have a laptop with precious HD space that i don't clutter up with music. the tunes stay on the ipod, so now i have access to my whole library!
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post #40 of 43
My problem with Front Row is that it doesn't "SEE" shared libraries from the network for iTunes or iPhoto. The location where I manage/create/edit content (office) and the location where I like to enjoy that content with a 10' interface (Living Room) are not the same. Why not let Front Row see your shared music and photos just like iTunes and iPhoto do?


Hopefully the product is improved before its release as part of iLife '06. Still, it's slick looking and a strong start from Apple on what I PRAY will be a greater presence in the Living/Family Room.
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