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Keyboard doesn't respond in Front Row

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one51mac Calculating status...
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Sep 14, 2008 7:08 AM
OK so I upgraded to Front Row 2.1.6 on Friday. since then when I launch it the keyboard doesn't respond but the remote does. The only thing I can do is command+esc out of it. I cannot select (space bar) use arrows... nada. I have two systems but only one have this issue. My Powerbook 2.4 is the one with the issue. I have deleted the .plst from the preferences, cleared the front row cache, and rebooted, reinstalled. Didn't work. My iMac is working just fine and also has the 2.1.6 version of Front Row. I use my Powerbook without the remote most of the time. Any suggestions would be great.
Powerbook 2.4, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
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    Sep 17, 2008 10:23 AM (in response to one51mac)
    I am having a similar problem - but my keyboard does not function at all in Front Row. This was happening before the update, but I thought the update would help. I can only command+Esc to turn Front Row on, but can not even exit out using that key combination. I have a refurbished 2.2 MacBook fully updated.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • JimKimmel Calculating status...
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    Oct 5, 2008 5:52 AM (in response to one51mac)
    Unfortunately, no input, but I am having exactly the same problem. I thought Front Row was freezing the computer until I saw your post about the F8 key working. I can't figure out why the rest of the keyboard stops functioning - I have no Apple Remote and I've deleted the Front Row preference. Ugh. Can some please tell us why the keyboard does not work in Front Row (or point us at something to look for?)

    Thanks!
    17" MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • JimKimmel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 5, 2008 5:57 AM (in response to one51mac)
    One thing I have noticed, too, is that if I log in with a guest account, I can move through the menus fine (even though there's not content), so it must be a setting under my account...
    17" MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • DVentura Calculating status...
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    Oct 9, 2008 9:52 AM (in response to JimKimmel)
    I could also use front row in my guest account but not in my own account. I started thinking it might be another piece of software. In this case Boxee was the culprit. Once I force quit Boxee after it stopped responding, I relaunched Front Row and my keyboard started responding again. This might be just one solution to this problem.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • JimKimmel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 9, 2008 10:33 AM (in response to DVentura)
    Hey thanks for the update - sounds like great news. I don't think I'm running Boxee, but I'll check it out. It might be a process that I'm running (how did you determine which apps were running in the background?).

    Jim
    17" MacBookPro (2.4 C2D, 4GB Ram), Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • DVentura Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 9, 2008 1:03 PM (in response to JimKimmel)
    Boxee is a media program that is a media center based app still in alpha. Its not a background process just another program that organizes media files and had a hunch because it also utilizes media files as well and it is an alpha version so I assumed it might have negative effects on other programs.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • JimKimmel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 9, 2008 2:43 PM (in response to one51mac)
    ****. I had uninstalled Perian. I reinstalled and unchecked the box, but still no keys in FR, except F8. I don't have Boxee, or any other media center type app loaded, so I guess I'll keep trying...
    17" MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Bob_M. Level 2 Level 2 (295 points)
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    Oct 11, 2008 1:38 PM (in response to JimKimmel)
    Anything new on this. I just discovered the problem today. Aside from this thread, I can't find anything about the loss of functionality anywhere on the net!
    Dual 2.66 Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), Macbook, 12 inch Powerbook
  • JimKimmel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 12, 2008 10:03 AM (in response to Bob_M.)
    No, nothing new on this. Not sure what is causing it at this point. I've tried all of the above with no luck. I would like to see what, if any, utilities are out there that might help narrow the issue down abit. I'm also going to submit a problem ticket with Apple, using this thread as a discussion point. We'll see what they say.
    17" MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • JimKimmel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Oct 21, 2008 11:05 AM (in response to JimKimmel)
    I know this is a user only forum, bit is anyone from Apple even looking at these? Since FR isn't crashing, I can't find how to submit this as an issue report...Anyone??
    17" MacBookPro (2008), Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • JimKimmel Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 21, 2008 6:52 PM (in response to JimKimmel)
    Wow. I finally figured it out. I had to turn off Quicken Scheduler (quit the process in Activity Monitor) and that cleared up the problem!!!! Keyboard now works in Front Row. Needless to say, I've been unhappy with Quicken's lack of Mac support so now I have one more reason to get rid of the app altogether.

    Hope this helps out the rest of you!!!
    17" MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.4.7)

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