Front Row

Posted: August 28, 2006 in OSx86 Configuration

Front Row 1.2.2

After almost a week trying method after method to make Front Row work on my Tablet PC I finally succeeded and got it working. I used a native Front Row installation method plus a little Front Row launcher I found but can’t remember where.


JaS Mac OS X 10.4.6 with the JaS 10.4.7 update installed
Front Row 1.2.2 Update
Front Row launcher
GMA900 with QE & CI supported (Check on System Profiler/Graphics Card)
USB Mouse


I recommend for anyone installing Front Row in Hackintosh to do a backup of both files mentioned below. They are both located in System/Library/, in the following folders:



Install the Front Row 1.2.2 Update you downloaded from Apple using Pacifist. To do this you need to copy the Front Row update to your Desktop. Try running it and see if you can install without getting a warning. If you do then close that and mount/open Pacifist from the mounted DMG and click on ‘Open Package’ and browse to the Front Row package on your Desktop. You will see a list of 3 items, just select the top one (which will include all the ones inside of it) and click on ‘Install’. Type your password and when done close Pacifist; then copy the Front Row app to your Applications folder, and restart. Now you need to plug the USB mouse and open System Profiler and navigate to the USB mouse properties to see the Product and Vendor IDs.

Follow these instructions:

1. Open System Profiler and and check your USB Mouse ProductID and VendorID (Hardware > USB).
2. Convert ProductID and VendorID to Decimal (Calculator > View > Programmer).
3. Open FrontRowPass.kext > Contents > Info.plist. And change idProduct and idVendor (decimal value).
4. Copy FrontRowPass.kext to /System/Library/Extensions
5. In Terminal
sudo chown -R root:wheel /System/Library/Extensions/FrontRowPass.kext
6. Test it with
sudo kextload -v System/Library/Extensions/FrontRowPass.kext
6. Remove Extensions.kextcach and Extensions.mkext in /System/Library.
7. Reboot.

After you are back on the Mac, make sure you have the USB mouse plugged in and press Alt + Esc to open Front Row for the first time. If it does not pops up then open Front Row launcher from the Applications folder and try again and it should work this time. You should now be able to use Front Row, with the only annoyance that you will need to have the USB mouse plugged in all the time or it won’t work.

Notice that when you have the mouse plugged in two new options appear in System Preferences, one in the Sound and another in the Security preferences panel. Check then out.

Next: Software Fixes

  1. Andrew says:

    Thanks it Works! Updated to the newest version though. Front Row 1.3.

  2. HaCKs says:

    i have it installed,all the options are in the appropriate menus. but it wont launch. idk whats wrong here. 😦

  3. HaCKs says:

    I got it! i followed the steps then after that i reinstalled the 1.3 update. Rebooted and WHAM! Its brilliant!

  4. Idetrorce says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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