A way to watch Silverlight web content with PowerPC macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ign, May 13, 2010.

  1. ign macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2004
    I would like to know if anyone in this forum has a workaround for watching Microsoft Silverlight content on the internet with a PowerPC mac (G4,G5..).
    I have noticed that the silverlight site does not have download options for pre-intel macs.

    I know they dropped development for the PPC machines, but I don't care, my mac mini still works ok and suits my needs fine (except silverlight!).
    Any hints are welcome (except get a new mac!! :rolleyes:)
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Depends on what version of Silverlight the content in question requires. If it's old enough you could just use an older version of Silverlight. If that won't work then you could try Moonlight, an open-source version of Silverlight.
  3. ign thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2004
    The fact is the site I watch must have switched to a newer version because I used to be able to watch it.
    I Went on their site but their download page does not mention the mac at all. The only option appears to be for Linux/i586 I doubt that would work on a PowerPC, or would it? Am I missing something? :confused:
  4. splitpea macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2009
    Among the starlings
    There must have been a PPC or UB version released at one point, because i have it installed on my G5.
  5. ign thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2004
    By chance do you still have the .dmg of it somewhere? when did you install it? There's no trace on the web!... it'd be nice to try it
  6. ign thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2004
    mission accomplished !

    Here's the only straightforward solution I found for viewing silverlight content on powerpc macs:

    Get the link and paste it into VLC (video lan client)! it works

    • In your browser: apple+U (view web page source) on the web page with the silverlight video content, find and copy the http address (or one of them) that's the source of the video

    • In your VLC application: go to VLC preferences (all) >input codecs>access modules>HTTP(S)
      paste into the "HTTP user agent field":
      Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en US; rv: Gecko/2009020911 Ubuntu/8.10 (intrepid) Firefox/3.0.6 

    • Still in VLC: apple+N (or VLC>File>Open Network), paste the link you had copied before into the "Media Resource Locator" field. Hit ok, in a matter of seconds a VLC screen will play the video!!

    long live powerpc mac mini ! adieu silverlight, I don't need you!
  7. noall666 macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2006
    vlc ?

    ok so I tried this and no luck. I assume i entered the http info correctly in vlc. and i think i have a good address to try....


    any help?

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