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Mac Mini first generation with Front Row

July 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments · HowTo, HTPC

Mac Mini first generation running Front Row

I finally got Front Row running on my 1st generation Mac Mini. I’m just letting folks know what worked for me, I’m not responsible if these suggestions don”t work for you.

Previously I installed Remote Buddy, a Keyspan IR remote receiver and a Harmony remote Harman/Kardon TC-30 which all worked fine although my system lacked the grace of the front end integration of Apples Front Row.

The Mac OS Tiger system install disk has front row on the disk, but since my system doesn”t have an IR remote receiver in it like the Imacs have, Front Row will not install on my Mini from the disk. A step by step work around can be found on Andrew Escobat’s blog. My first few attempts didn’t work, but some followup comments on his post led me to a solution. The first thing you have to do is find a copy of Front Row 1.3. and not FR 1.3.1. Apple was offering this free download, but now only offers newer version of Front Row which doesn’t work with Escobar’s Enabler 1.5. It’s not real easy to locate 1.3, but I finally found this older version at After decompressing the installer for Front Row 1.3 and leaving my installer on my desktop, I ran enabler 1.5. All seemed to go as planned, but Front Row would not load.

The trick that pressed the magic work button was to install 2 more files that are located on the Mac OS X 10.4.19 combo update for PowerPC from Apple. This suggestion can be found toward the bottom of Andrew Escobat”s blog. With the slick shareware program called Pacifist I can open the Apple update and Pacifist will search for “BezelServices”. Then Pacifist will install the two specific file folders you select:



After a restart, I had a working Front Row on my old Mini. Thank you Andrew Escobat and the folks who commented and added suggestions to his blog.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • ant

    thank you so much for the link to the 1.3.0 package! i was incredibly frustrated because i couldn”t find it anywhere; it seemed to be completely replaced by the .1 update that i am sure breaks enabler 1.5… so much appreciated!

  • Jihed

    Could You please re-upload the 1.3.0 Frontrow DMG??
    I couldn’t find it anywhere on the web..
    Thanx a lot!!

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