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Old 01-09-2013, 07:58 AM   #1
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Set Wallpaper in xstartup for vncviewer?

Hello everybody,

I am using UltraVncViewer to connect from my windows system to a linux system at my working place. I have to work a lot and the gray background becomes really depressing with time

I already changed the startup file to have several programs opened instantly when I start a new vncserver.

1) Now I would like to ask if I can change the startup file in a way so that an individual picture (any format) will be background in the viewer.

2) Also, all the colours are inverted. How can I change that ?

3) Then since some time, in some programs (e.g. dolphin) there is an really ugly/aggressive magenta in the scrolling bar and background. It is terribly annoying. Is there a way to change that as well?

I am sorry to ask that many questions, but I am spending around 8 hours a day working in the vncviewer and the way it is right now is really tiresome for the eyes and somehow also depressing gray, gray, gray and disturbing magenta... )

I tried to find answers for these questions by googling but... well, I am a newbie... and if I find anything, if any, related to the topic I don't understand what to do...

Every help would be greatly appreciated Thank you very much!!!

Old 01-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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AFAIK, your viewer is simply displaying the output from the X server at your workplace, so this presumably depends on the operating system used there. Do you know what that is? RedHat, Opensuse,..?
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Thank you for your reply Peverel.

On our system are more or less all the systems installed. Each time when I am at the computer in the office whether I want to log in with Gnome or Kde or something else. Ich usually use Kde.

I think that because of that I can choose all kind of different desktops together with the vncviewer. The default desktop that starts is the window maker. In the previous months, I change occasionally between fluxbox, twm, window maker, fvwm. I had the most freedom with fvwm which is what I used all the time and why I also changed the startup file such that fvwm was my default setting when launching a new server and also I included some other programmes in the xstartup file so that they would also launch immediately.

Today I deleted the .vnc folder in my home directory, just to see how the "new" folder would look like. It seems like a lot has changed witin the last years

Now I can choose a wallpaper, the graphics is much better than with previous Fvwm and it appears to be a little bit faster/more responsive.

However, I would keep these new settings, but now the vncviewer closes after some minutes, mostly when I do highlighting and then copy and paste. This happens again and again, so that it is impossible to work with...

I have no idea, how I can change that and I guess I have to go back to the gray background and terrible graphics Please help me...
Old 01-09-2013, 02:45 PM   #4
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I just wanted to say, that it seems to work now.

Someone had a similar problem with vncviewer automatically shutting down.

Choosing another option than "auto" in the options and deleting saved settings helped in my case. I also installed the newest version of the UltraVncViewer. My version was still from 2010.


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