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Why is Mac Screen Sharing Falling over to Chicken of the VNC?

After upgrading my Mac home theater computer to El Capitan, when I try to screen share from a client machine that's still running Snow Leopard, it passes the connection through to Chicken of the VNC instead of using the screen sharing that's built into the OS. Is there any way to fix this short of updating the client machine to a newer version of the OS? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 1, 2015 - 6 answers

I Need a VNC Multiviewer

I need a VNC viewer capable of displaying at least six different screens as thumbnails. I have found one program that works well but the only problem is that it does not display the hostname (or any identifying information on above or below the thumbnails). Requirements:
  1. Must work with standard VNC protocol
  2. Windows 7 Compatible
  3. Must identify the host in someway
  4. Must be able to display 6 hosts simultaneously
posted by jmsta on May 2, 2015 - 1 answer

Mirroring your PC screen to multiple cities

I have a Windows 7 computer A in city X that I live in and have full access to. I need to set up TV screens (that could be connected to computers) in city Y and city Z, and then ensure that all of the TV screens display the same thing that's on computer A's monitor(s). The screen(s) will be active every single day (it's an informational panel). How do I best do this? Bonus: can the solution work with multiple monitors?
posted by ajackson on Nov 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Remotely View Computer over not-the-most-reliable-LAN (24/7)

My company's LAN is fast and reliable, except for the connection to one building. Inside that building is an unattended WinXP-Pro system running basically one program 24/7, that we need to be able to monitor. Typically, we only need to interact with the computer >1% of the time, but we need to be able to make sure the software up and running, without problems, all the time. [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX on Apr 29, 2013 - 23 answers

hello world?

I have a home imac and a work mac mini. I would like to drive the mini via the imac, while the mini is connected to a VPN. [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Aug 29, 2012 - 5 answers


I have two monitors, two computers, and one wireless keyboard & mouse. How do I get the computers to share both monitors and the keyboard & mouse? [more inside]
posted by negative1 on Feb 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for tips on 3g tablets that support PPP

tabletfilter: Suggestions for a 3g/wifi tablet that supports PPTP? [more inside]
posted by 3mendo on Nov 22, 2011 - 6 answers

Please help me configure and secure my Ubuntu-based combined home file server/public web server/VNC server!

Please help me configure and secure my Ubuntu-based combined home file server/public web server/VNC server! I am building a low-ish power home file server, which will likely run Ubuntu 11.04 or 11.10 (possibly server edition), and I should be able to set up a basic samba share easily enough. But I would also like to use the same computer to serve a few basic webpages, and I would like to provide ssh and ideally VNC or RDP-like access from outside the LAN. I can probably get the basic software set up, but I'm a n00b when it comes to NAT stuff, firewalls, and security issues generally. I would also appreciate help with setting up dynamic DNS. [more inside]
posted by dilettanti on Oct 7, 2011 - 6 answers

What do YOU use mobile remote desktop services for?

Use case scenarios: now that iPhones, iPads and Android devices can do a lot of what desktops can do, either natively or through web apps, what are some of the biggest uses/implementations of those devices to access remote computers? In other words, what do YOU use mobile remote desktop services for? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita on Oct 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Control a Windows Machine with an OS X Machine

Fast and easy way to VNC/remote desktop/screenshare with my mother-in-law's computer? I just need to tick off a few settings. I have OS X, she has Windows 7. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on May 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Edit a master spreadsheet remotely with a Droid over Bluetooth?

What's the best way to edit a spreadsheet on my PC from across the room, using a Droid over Bluetooth (not WiFi)? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Jan 13, 2011 - 3 answers

iPad phone home part 2

What are the pros and cons of various remote desktop apps for the iPad and iPhone? [more inside]
posted by TedW on Dec 12, 2010 - 16 answers


Vnc Mac PC Question. I'm trying to setup a VNC connection that allows a windows box to screenshare a mac desktop, but I'm having issues and all the how-tos online assume you're behind a router. Any help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Dec 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Help me turn an old laptop into a doggy monitor

MacBook at home, VNC from work in order to use the webcam. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Sep 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I use screensharing with an external VPN?

osx -> osx screen sharing works fine until I connect to work VPN at which point the screen sharing session dies and the machine is unpingable etc. Workaround? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Aug 4, 2010 - 9 answers

Remote Desktop from Win7 to Mac?

is there a usable remote desktop type app for sharing your mac desktop to your windows 7 pc other than vnc? [more inside]
posted by joose on Mar 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Anything better than VNC for OSX?

UltraVNC on Vista connecting to OSX is very very slow - is there anything faster? [more inside]
posted by jimjam on Jun 25, 2009 - 7 answers

VPN needed for VNC?

I'd like to set up VNC on two macs not on the same network using Chicken of the VNC or similar software. Do I need VPN? I plan to use SSH Tunneling.
posted by cahlers on May 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Enterprise KVM-over-IP that doesn't suck?

Looking for a good KVM-over-IP solution, specifically one that allows me to use a standard RDP client for access to hosts rather than a proprietary solution. [more inside]
posted by larsks on Oct 6, 2008 - 5 answers

Mac to Mac vpn

I connect to my PowerMac G5 (running OS 10.4.11) at work over a corporate vpn using a Macbook Pro (running OS 10.5.5). I do this using VPN (Vine Server and Vine Viewer), but I have to remain logged into my work computer in order to establish a connection. Is there a way to leave my work computer at a login screen (not logged in) and still keep Vine running so I can connect, then login to OS X? I currently have Vine set up to prompt me for a password, but anybody could still sit down at my work computer and use it because I have to remain logged into OS X.
posted by IdiBot on Sep 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Remote Management vs. Screensharing vs. VNC on OS X

In OS X Leopard, what is the difference between enabling the Screen Sharing and Remote Management options in Sharing Preferences? Assuming I can figure out firewall/port issues, will enabling Remote Management on my work Mac enable me to establish a VNC connection using a generic VNC client like Chicken of the VNC or do I have to use Remote Desktop? What authorization is required? Can I set it up so it requires my usual Mac username and password rather than some other password? Do I have other options if I want people using Linux and Windows to remotely manage their Macs at work when they are not logged in at the terminal?
posted by caek on Sep 17, 2008 - 24 answers

I need a specific type of VNC client

I need to find a (preferably) open-source/free VNC client that meets a specific requirement of mine. [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq on Sep 10, 2008 - 13 answers

Connecting to the Internet from Asia, via the UK?

I have some Internet work that depends on me accessing the Internet from the UK as it involves location-specific search engine results. That's no problem whilst I'm here in London but shortly I'll be making a trip to Asia and would like to carry on working while there. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by uk_giffo on Jul 15, 2008 - 2 answers

I know I'm an IT guy... why can't I figure this out?

Any suggestions for remote-controlling a computer when it's behind a NAT/firewall that I can't open a port on? Alternatively, how can I make Gmail work for this client? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Jul 14, 2008 - 13 answers

Moving company overseas, any software to help with online communication like Video & live Screen casting for online meetings.

Moving company overseas, any software to help with online communication like Video & live Screen casting for online meetings. [more inside]
posted by spinko on Jun 9, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I control my media center remotely?

How do I control a media center pc from a laptop? The catch: I want to make my terminal session run as if I was logged in at the console. This is to control a media center from afar. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on May 31, 2008 - 10 answers

Help Desk Remote Support Software Experiences

Experiences with remote desktop software for help desk troubleshooting? [more inside]
posted by enfa on Mar 5, 2008 - 14 answers

VGA to Ethernet device?

Where can I find a standalone device that has a female DB-15 VGA port on one side and a female Cat-5 on the other, with a VNC server in between? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on Feb 8, 2008 - 17 answers

How to send the "Windows Key" over VNC from from Mac to PC?

How to send the "Windows Key" over VNC from from Mac to PC? [more inside]
posted by sockpup on Jan 21, 2008 - 3 answers

VNC on FC4 problem... Can't find libstdc++ dependency!

LinuxNewbieFilter: I'm using Fedora Core 4 on a server. I'm SSH'd in. I'm attempting to install VNC (vnc-server). It appears that I'm entering everything in correctly but it can't find the content (specifically the libstdc++ component) to install. None of the mirrors are working either. Help! [more inside]
posted by defenestration on Dec 1, 2007 - 11 answers

A VNC-like program that can scale high resolutions?

I use VNC on computer A, 1680x1050 resolution, to control computer B, 1920x1080 resolution. This results in a lot of scrolling. Anyone know of a better solution that's also free or very cheap? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Oct 17, 2007 - 10 answers

The sharing of the files; make it so.

Small office Networking, hardware/software recommendations please. Sort of long, sorry! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Sep 14, 2007 - 2 answers

Remote background GUI login to OSX?

Remote background GUI login to OSX? [more inside]
posted by arathorn on Aug 28, 2007 - 2 answers

How to do concurrent multi-user OSX?

How do I go about logging in, remotely and with something like VNC, to Mac OSX, while also (at the same time) using the computer locally as a different user? Is this possible? Is there a different way to do this? (I already have ssh all set up, if that'll help.)
posted by philomathoholic on Aug 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Is it my issue or the ISP?

I'm baffled. What could prevent a VNC connection between 2 DSL connections with the same ISP when a connection from a different ISP works just fine? [more inside]
posted by braintoast on Jul 3, 2007 - 13 answers

How to run a single computer from two desks?

What is the best way to allow a user to access a computer from two different locations in one office? [more inside]
posted by boreddusty on Jun 11, 2007 - 16 answers

Remote Desktop keeps freezing from home to work only

Problem: Remote Desktop freezes after the login screen and refuses to allow client to connect to the server computer. This problem only occurs from the home ip to the work ip but not from any other ip address to work. [more inside]
posted by the_binary_blues on Jun 7, 2007 - 12 answers

vnc woes

VNC question not answered in any of the other questions tagged VNC. [more inside]
posted by sailormouth on May 11, 2007 - 5 answers

Remote access mac to mac

I'm looking for some help accessing my home mac from my work mac. Both machines are running OS 10.4. My home mac is behind a D-Link 624 router, using verizon FIOS. [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Feb 25, 2007 - 12 answers

Wire my granny!

What are some wonderful things with which to fill granny's new iMac? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Jan 3, 2007 - 7 answers

Help! It's dark! I can't VNC!

VNC gets me a black screen. Help me connect ! [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Jul 18, 2006 - 7 answers

Did The Work Firewall Nazis Strike Back?

Warning: Networking Geekery Ahead Once upon a time I was able to use VNC viewer (the binary executable, not the java viewer) on my work Windows XP PC to connect to VNC server on my home Windows XP PC via Port 443. This allowed me to view and control my home desktop in a window on my work PC and thereby do an end run around the restrictive web filter/firewall at work. It was slow, but it was still useable and reliable.

I stopped using it for a couple of weeks when I lost my USB key. I recently found it and tried my VNC connection again from work. It doesn't work now. [more inside]
posted by de void on Jun 2, 2006 - 15 answers

Mac to PC using VNC over a crossover cable?

I have a G5 running MacOS 10.4 and a very old Win98 Compaq that has a certain sound card required for a piece of Generative Music software by Brian Eno. I have a wireless network at home for the mac, but the PC does not have a wireless card. Can I connect the Mac and the PC via an ethernet crossover cable and control the PC from the Mac?
posted by tonyballinger on May 25, 2006 - 7 answers

I need a new smartphone. I'm picky.

Do you have a smartphone that you love that matches what I'm looking for? I can google featuresets, but what I'm looking for is personal experiences. [more inside]
posted by cellphone on Apr 14, 2006 - 13 answers

Remote Desktop to Mac

What is the best way to remotely access a Mac computer from a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Mar 17, 2006 - 7 answers

Broke my Moniter, need to access my tower... Any thoughts?

Any way to gain access to a win XP box through a forced remote desktop (or another method?). Or even a network install (though that'd be hard, I don't dare lose anything on the HDD) of Linux? Oh, and I don't have a monitor (that's the root of the problem) [more inside]
posted by TrueVox on Feb 23, 2006 - 10 answers

My mac is possessed.

My Imac (running the latest patched version of Tiger) is possessed. While I watch, the cursor is flipping around, opening the terminal, and typing "wget" with nothing after it. I don't know if this is a bot, hacker, or hardware failure of some sort. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Nov 10, 2005 - 19 answers

Is Microsoft Remote Desktop secure enough for the Internet?

Does Microsoft Remote Desktop need stunnel? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts on Aug 11, 2005 - 7 answers

VNC for Dummies

I need to demo computer programs for clients (many of whom are not computer-savvy), but they're behind a firewall and I'm behind a firewall. They're also on a variety of platforms, and I'm on Linux. I need suggestions on how to set up a remote demonstration (where we can both control the mouse) so that we can both access it. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK on Aug 10, 2005 - 12 answers

What options do I have to work with a colleague in a different office on a shared document in real-time?

What options do I have to work with a colleague in a different office on a shared document in real-time? I want to be able to open a word document and allow a user to watch/participate (view-only would be acceptable too) in the editing process. VNC or remote-desktop are not really options because there are two corporate firewalls in place and no VPN connections. Even a joint text editor would be ok in a pinch, just copy/paste from Word and back when complete. As always, free is better.
posted by gfroese on Aug 9, 2005 - 10 answers

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