Uninstalling the Front Row hack
A Web site posted instructions detailing a hack that enabled one to install Apple® Front Row on Macintosh® computers that did not ship with Front Row installed.
After applying the Mac® OS X 10.4.5 Update or the Security Update 2006-001, a number of Mac OS X users began reporting problems that have been attributed to installing the Front Row hack. These include:
The hack's author failed to provide any instructions for uninstalling the hack should it cause problems. The hack has since been pulled from the Internet as it violated Apple's intellectual property rights. Installing Front Row using the hack is probably also a violation of Apple's intellectual property rights.
Note that if you are having problems with menu extras or SystemUIServer, but have not installed the Front Row hack, consult our "Troubleshooting Startup and Login Items" FAQ.
There are two methods for uninstalling the Front Row hack:
Perform an Archive and Install
Follow the instructions in our "General advice on performing an Archive and Install" FAQ to perform an Archive and Install of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger®. This method is suitable for all users.
Selectively reinstall affected Mac OS X system components
This method is generally suitable for advanced users of Mac OS X. If this method does not resolve the issue, perform an Archive and Install of Mac OS X.
You will need:
Credits and references
The instructions concerning selectively replacing Mac OS X system components are based on a variety of posts from fellow contributors to the Apple Discussions, Dr. Smoke's own efforts to help others with the problems caused by the hack, and an analysis of the hack itself. The following Apple Discussions topics contributed to the selective reinstallation instructions:
These topic links will eventually expire as the topics are removed from the Apple Discussions due to age. Kudos and thanks are extended to all those in the topics above who contributed the ideas incorporated in this FAQ.