Front Row Solutions

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dpaanlka, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    I noticed that installing Leopard on my Mac Pro has given me Front Row... yay. But what options are available to me to use it? Bluetooth remotes? The Apple remote? Something else? Nothing?
     
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  3. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have an iPod with the dock that has the built in infrared eye that came with the Apple remote?
     
  4. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    I never heard of it?
     
  5. hms84 macrumors regular

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    I have one, but what to do with it?
    I don't think that the IR is physically connected to the USB port.
     
  6. iCheddar macrumors 6502a

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    He is talking about the iPod universal dock, but I don't believe that you can use that as an infrared device.
     
  7. WildPalms macrumors 6502a

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    I'm desperately googling for what I found once... damn, still havent found it, wish I had bookmarked it at the time. Anyway, some guy had written a piece of software to allow communications from the IR to FrontRow (apparantly) but I never got around to downloading it and trying it.

    If I do find it, I'll post back here again.
     
  8. absurdio macrumors 6502

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    I'm looking for a satisfactory solution to this, too.
    The question of using an Apple universal dock as an IR receiver came up on the Apple support boards, too: here.

    It seems, though, that the responses given on those boards were before the release of Leopard, when Front Row wasn't available (with or without a remote) to Mac Pro owners. I'm not sure if the answers still apply.
     
  9. iCheddar macrumors 6502a

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    One would imagine that a third party IR receiver would work. But I'm about 90% certain the universal dock won't work as an IR device.

    I believe it sends data collected from the IR receiver on the dock sends information to the iPod plugged into it, but that information isn't sent through the dock's USB cord.
     
  10. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Mantra TR1 Infra-red receiver connected to my Mac Pro and the Mira software.

    It worked well for controlling Front Row and other applications with an Apple Remote in 10.4, but the software seems a bit buggy with 10.5 at the moment.

    Twisted Melon is the site where I got the hardware and software from.

    I also have a copy of Sailing Clicker which I used via Bluetooth on my phone and PDA to control my Mac, though I haven't tried using it with 10.5 yet.
     
  11. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You don't even need IR remote. I would get a radio remote, so you don't even have to aim it.

    Since frontrow reacts to Command-Esc and Arrow keys

    You can just map the keys to the remote via USB overdrive or another program (forgot the name).
     
  12. absurdio macrumors 6502

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    I've run into that before in my hunt 0 the Manta TR-1. And so far, it does look like the thing most likely to be what I want (just an IR sensor that'll let me use an apple remote), but I keep looking... mostly because i think the manta is ugly, and i refuse to believe that apple users haven't demanded a better looking solution :rolleyes:
     
  13. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it looks pretty ugly, though I'm lucky as I have a frosted glass desk.
    I can't see through the desk but the IR can, so I attached it to the underside of the desk. ;)
     
  14. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

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    It doesn't look like anyone has mentioned it yet, but I'm a big fan of Remote Buddy. Some of the more unusual options it allows for remotes are using your iPhone/iPod Touch or a Wii controller. I've used both on my pre-IR Mac Mini hooked up to my TV.
     
  15. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I have the manta TR-1 with an apple remote it works great. And it doesn't need direct line of site i can point it the opposite direction and it works. I also have the IR receiver behind my monitor
     
  16. absurdio macrumors 6502

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    Frosted glass desk AND the taste to hide ugly peripherals? You're a wise man and a true mac user. :)

    Ha. There are times I'm damn proud to be here.

    For what it's worth, I was thinking of building a hackintosh, and I thought maybe I'd just get a big case with a holey (word choice?) front grille (this, for example), so I could stick the IR sensor surreptitiously behind the front of the case. Excessive? Yes.
     
  17. absurdio macrumors 6502

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    Also, would the Eye TV IR sensors work with the Apple remote, do you think? And/or could it be made (perhaps with Mira?) to control Front Row?

    Ugh. In answer to my own question: No.
     
  18. iZac macrumors 68000

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    When i had an old PPC mac mini, i could use my Sony Ericsson 750i, which had a built in bluetooth remote software. I dont THINK it needed any extra software to use it, I just added the phone as a bluetooth mobile device. I could use it for all the regularly used keys plus the joystick controlled the mouse.

    I may get another Sony Ericsson in the future for use on my Mac Pro.
     
  19. Dark Dragoon macrumors 6502a

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    The answer is surprisingly yes,

    I'm currently controlling my Mac Pro (Frontrow and other applications) using an Apple remote via my EyeTV Hybrid, though instead of the Mira software (which I uninstalled, and disconnected my Manta TR-1 infra-red receiver) I'm using a demo of Remote Buddy.
     
  20. aibo macrumors 6502

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    Both software packages (Remote Buddy and the Mira) let you use an Apple remote via USB receiver. The MCE 2005 (Philips OVU4003) receiver seems like the best bet.

    The Mantra TR1 receiver only works with Mira software, and I read somewhere that Mira is buggy under Leopard. The Mira site only says support for 10.4.x.

    Get the Philips OVU4003 receiver and you could potentially use the Mira software OR Remote Buddy.
     
  21. rontheancient macrumors regular

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    When I bought a TV tuner for my old PC, it came with a Remote Wonder Plus. ATI offered Mac drivers and I have since been using it with Front Row. I will admit that some work will be needed to assign commands to the remote buttons, which so far is a b*%!@. I can even turn off the machine/wake with the remote.
     
  22. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I have had no problems with the Mira software under leopard.
     
  23. aibo macrumors 6502

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    Saw some people having problems with it on the MacNN forum... then there's this review as the latest on VersionTracker:
    I'd hold off on purchasing the Mira/Mantra until the developer can at least acknowledge/update their own site to state compatibility with 10.5 Leopard.
     
  24. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    I highly recommend the AirClickUSB by Griffin (take note of the USB part). I use that with my MacMiniG4 media center (that did not come with Front Row or remote) and it the AirClick software works great with Front Row 2.x.

    It is a discontinued device directly from Griffin but AppleStores and eBay has plenty of them still.
    Again you want the USB version, the non-USB version is for iPods.
     

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