Help! - Linux server + Win 98 client = gray screen of death
cbeerse "at" hiscom.nl
Fri Jun 7 15:08:01 2002
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Doug Kerfoot [mailto:finner2 "at" yahoo.com]
> Hopefully someone can help me here. I have spent many hours over the
> last 2 weeks trying to get this to work.
> Originally I had VNC working fine between 2 Win98 machines. I then
> installed Linux (Mandrake 8.2) on the server. I am a complete Linux
> newbie, so I am betting the problem lies somewhere in my inexperience.
Read the archives for adaptions in the xstartup script. Specially involving
kde I don't know details on starting kde from xstartup but it has been done
and reported to the list somewhere since last february.
> I run the viewer and it prompts me for the password. I enter
> it and it
> opens up the screen. It is the same gray background as when my KDE
> desktop first opens, with an X for the mouse pointer - except that is
> all I get - a gray background.
Minor difference between M$Windows and unix implementations: On M$ you get a
copy of the console as that is all there is. On Unix, you get a fresh, new
window area to put your windows on. This gives you the choise to use kde and
me to use gnome or cde or what ever is available on the system and which one
I like ;-)
> After reading VNC's sparse directions, I realized it was telling me to
> start an Xterm session just for VNC. Eventually I realized that Xterm
> wasn't installed, so I got that loaded OK. So I did like they say and
> ran: xterm -display server:1 &
> It replied with a number 61xx. Sorry, I don't recall right now - this
> was at midnite last night. Is the number a good thing or a bad thing?
Numbers returned form comands indicate bad things like error numbers. Number
0 is no error, all others are... Don't worry.
> In any case, it made no difference. All I get is that gray screen.
> Oh, it does list at the top that I am looking at "Root's
> Desktop" which
> is strange because I am not logged in as root on the linux box.
> Where can I start looking for the problem? Any clues?
On some unix machines you can have success with `vncserver -query
localhost`. This starts vncserver with a fresh login screen.
If you have the guts, you can try to setup like
http://www.sourcecodecorner.com/articles/vnc/linux.asp however it is somehow
for experienced unix/linux users (actually real sysadmins).