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Old 10-13-2007, 06:00 AM   #1
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Real VNC and TightVNC both give me a blank desktop

hi all!,

i've managed to succesfully connect from my vista machine to ubuntu - feisty fawn, problem is, when i connect, i just get a washed out version of my linux desktop with absolutely no icons, taskbar, etc.

all i get is a mouse icon (with an x) and that's it.

i've heard it could be a problem with Aero glass, but i turned it off and it made no difference.

any help would be great!


EDIT: I can ssh to the machine fine if that helps.

Last edited by me_failed_linux; 10-13-2007 at 06:08 AM.
Old 10-13-2007, 06:13 AM   #2
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It's probably starting twm when you need gnome.
You'll need to edit your /home/username/.vnc/xstartup file
See here:
Old 10-13-2007, 06:35 AM   #3
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Not sure of location in Ubuntu but find the gdm defaults.conf

vi /usr/share/gdm/defaults.conf
Find the [xdmcp] section and change enable = false to

enable = true
That's if your using Gnome of course
Old 10-13-2007, 06:53 AM   #4
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thanks dude, that really led me in the right direction!

for anyone like me who sucks at linux like me, this problem can be easily solved in Ubuntu by going to system->preferences->remote desktop


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