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13956 Views 16 Replies Latest reply: Aug 25, 2008 11:21 PM by Eric Araujo
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 7, 2008 3:34 AM (in response to fr3do)Exactly.
Apple need to sort this out in the next Leopard update. Until you can select which display Front Row uses, it's a rather pointless feature.MacBook c2d 2Ghz, 2Gb ram, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 8, 2008 7:28 AM (in response to fr3do)Hi,
There's actually a workaround to do that... I've tried it on my 24" iMac with Leopard...
Front Row is launched on the "main display", so there's a way to corect that...
First in the Activity monitor, check that Front Row is not running (and if it is, stop it/kill it)
Then, in Main Menu>Preferences>Display, chose "Disposition" (the second tab), and drag and drop the "menu bar" from the iMac to the secondary screen.
Then launch Font Row... the front row menu will now appear on the secondary screen..
You can now exit Front Row (not "killing" it, just a normal exit)
Then go back to preferences>Display, and put the menu bar back to your iMac...
Next time you'll start Front Row it will be on the secondary screen (until you restart your computer, or kill the Front Row process)
sorry for the "menu names"... I have Mac OS in French :PiMac 24" - Aluminium, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2008 7:31 PM (in response to Thibaud - BCN)Thanks for this Thibaud, that's good to know
But I still don't want to have to mess around with my primary/secondary display prefs every time I want to watch a film. I hope Apple make this an easily adjustable setting in a future version of front row...MacBook c2d 2Ghz, 2Gb ram, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2008 6:20 AM (in response to fr3do)One unofficial way of configuring Front Row 2.0 to show on the second display is adding the FrontRowUsePreferredDisplayID entry to the com.apple.frontrow preferences.
Before doing that you need to know the ID of your external display. You can determine the ID of the second display using the displaysInfo utility from http://rapidshare.com/files/54473723/displaysInfo.zip.
Run the displaysInfo utility from the command line and look for the number labelled d2_ID in displayInfos output. Add this number (69681665 in the example below) as parameter to the defaults write command as shown below:
defaults write com.apple.frontrow FrontRowUsePreferredDisplayID 69681665iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2008 2:35 AM (in response to Jazzman)You can remove the preference setting and revert to the default setting using this command from the terminal:
defaults delete com.apple.frontrow FrontRowUsePreferredDisplayIDiMac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2008 9:28 AM (in response to Henrik M.)Thanks! The previous solution did switch FrontRow to my second screen but my primary screen still went dark. What I'm was hoping for was that my primary screen would remain usable while FrontRow was running. Evidently FrontRow takes over completely. I'd hate to have to buy a Mac Mini just to get that, or maybe it is time for an Apple T.V.?MacPro 2.66, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2008 4:16 PM (in response to Jazzman)FrontRowUsePreferredDisplayID changes the display, but not the blank out behavior. I am not aware of any setting to do this. FrontRow will take over the whole mac incl. screen, remote control and keyboard.iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2008 4:54 PM (in response to Jazzman)Henrik M. is right, there's no way to run Front Row on only one display and continue using the other display. Depending on what you want to play, though, there are other ways to do that.
-Doug2GHz Intel iMac 2GB RAM, 500GB HD Super Drive / 2GHz BlackBook 2GB RAM, 250GB HD, Mac OS X (10.5.2), AirPort Express / EyeTV Hybrid / 40GB iPod photo 8GB iPod nano (3G)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 13, 2008 9:40 PM (in response to Henrik M.)I've figured out the Display ID for the TV, but I'm a little fuzzy as to how to punch in the code in the com.apple prefrences. I'm assuming it's the one in the User Library (as there doesn't seem to be a frontrow com. in the main system library.
This is the only text in User pane com.apple.... :
Where do I add the:
"defaults write com.apple.frontrow FrontRowUsePreferredDisplayID 1535231425" ?
Any help would be great. Thanks:-)iMac 2.4, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 21, 2008 3:00 PM (in response to Nick Kay)I think it is strange that they haven't fixed that yet. It seam like the people developing FR dont use it themselves since there is so many crazy things with it like:
1. Not being able to play on a seccond screen,
2. Stopping the iTunes music when starting, and stopping the music when exiting music mode in FR.
3. And not forcing the screen to stay active, while playing something. (one should not have to change that back and forth everytime you start FR).
And I guess there is more stuffs...
I suggest everyone send Apple some Mac OS X feedback at http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.htmlMacBook2,1, Mac OS X (10.5.2)