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Old 10-28-2003, 11:46 AM   #1
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My first post here, I'm a bit of a Linux Newbie. Anyway, i've installed vncserver so i can access my linux desktop from my windows machine. I installed vncserver on the linux machine and vncviewer on the windows machine.

To start vncserver i typed:

vncserver -depth 16 -geometry 1024x768

this then gave me localhost:1

I tried connecting now using the windows machine by typing the following into the viewer: and hit connect

the box disapeared, never to be seen again. So i tried and it said connection failed.

Hmm i thought.

So i installed the server on the windows machine, and the viewer on the linux machine, to see if it was making any kinda connection. This worked fine, I could see the windows desktop on the linux machine.

Attempted the other way around again, but still nothing, no response.

Can anyone help me, suggest anything?


Old 10-28-2003, 12:40 PM   #2
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Check the log file that was started when you started the VNC server.
ps -ef |grep vnc
should show a running VNC server instance. If not, it failed to start.

Also, on the Linux machine,
in a console,
tail -f /var/log/messages
before you connect and see if there is a firewall blocking connections to the Linux machine.

Old 10-28-2003, 01:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply:

I checked the log and it seemed to be functioning fine.

ps ef | grep vnc gave me:

signal 11 caught by ps )procps version 3.1.6).
Please send bug reports to

tail -f /var/log/messages gave me:

lots of crazy stuff, but didn't seem to change when trying to log onto vncserver. I don't have a firewally installed on mandrake as far as i'm aware anyway.

That help? Still getting the same thing. Thought i'd try using webmin java applet but getting some kind of error *shrug*

Old 10-28-2003, 01:35 PM   #4
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i'm using IceWM by the way
Old 10-28-2003, 02:12 PM   #5
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good and bad news

good: I got it working

bad: As i'm using the pc as a server i've set the security level to higher.

standard = recommended for a computer that is going to be connected to the internet as a client

high = some restrictions, automatic checks at night

higher = security is high enough to use the system as a server

paranois = similare to the above, but system is entirely closed.

I've been using it on "higher" and vncserevr doesn't work. When i set it to "standard" it works. So how can i use it as a secure server but still be able to access vncserver?

using Mandrake 9.1



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