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Old 12-20-2004, 11:18 PM   #1
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I'm trying to vnc to my Linux machine from XP (using TightVNC viewer). I ran the vncserver :1 command on the linux box, setup the password but when I try to access it from the XP box, I get a 'Failed to connect to server' error.

This is how my xstartup file looks like:


# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
twm &

What am I doing wrong?

-- Puli
Old 12-20-2004, 11:59 PM   #2
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Well, first I'd comment all of that out and just type kdestart so you actually get a KDE session. Second, what are you doing from the client to connect. It asks for an ip address and you are giving that. What do you put for a display number? if you are running the server on :1, then in the client you'd put Notice to two colons.
Old 12-21-2004, 09:59 AM   #3
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Tried that... Doesn't still work :-(

I tried both the hostname.domain::1 and IP Address::1 I still get 'Failed to connect to server' error
Old 12-21-2004, 12:19 PM   #4
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Is this on your internal LAN? Is Linux firewall setup to allow connections to the VNC port? I had to open port 5901 on my Linux box since that is the default port vnc uses if your trying to connect to x session 1.
Old 12-21-2004, 12:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for the response.

I've tried it both in my home network and the internal LAN at work... Same problem both places...

How do I open up the port 5901?


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