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Old 04-14-2008, 10:22 AM   #1
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VNC - grey rootweave when monitor not connected

Hi All,

I've got a lot of great information from these forums since I started dabbling with Linux. Unfortunately I can't find the answer to this one:

I have opensuse 10.3 installed on a PC that I run headerless in a corner of my garage. I do a standard install and then unplug the peripherals and leave just the power and network cable attached. I previously did this with Mandriva without any problems.

While I can connect fine to the Gnome desktop via VNC when the monitor is attached, as soon as I boot without I get the black cross and rootweave background. I'm assuming that Gnome is failing to start.

I'm running VNC via xinetd on port 5901. This uses my user id - but I'm not sure where the service picks up it's start-up config.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

Old 04-15-2008, 05:27 AM   #2
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are you able to ssh to that machine.In that case, just check whether xinetd is listening on the port 5901.[netstat -tanp|grep 5901]

Also check if gdm is running and is configured to have remote access.Goto yast and search for remote administration and enable it.


Old 04-16-2008, 02:45 AM   #3
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Thanks very much for your help. I'll give it a try.



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