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me_failed_linux 10-13-2007 06:00 AM

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.

tredegar 10-13-2007 06:13 AM

It's probably starting twm when you need gnome.
You'll need to edit your /home/username/.vnc/xstartup file
See here:

The_JinJ 10-13-2007 06:35 AM

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 :)

me_failed_linux 10-13-2007 06:53 AM

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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