Vnc on Mac
Fri Feb 28 15:30:01 2003
> In answer to this question, I thought it was worth giving
> comments on my
> own experiences of VNCing on the Mac, so this is quite long...
Thanks for typing all this out for me...
> > Hi all, I'm trying to set up some things using vnc in a
> mixed win/mac
> > environment. Win is not a problem for me, but I know little
> about the
> > Mac side of vnc. Can anyone tell me what to use/do there?
> I assume you want to control the Mac remotely, so you need a Mac VNC
Indeed, and a viewer as well.
> The first question to ask is which OS version you are using:
> Classic or OS X?
Like the joke goes: Yes. (meaning both ;-)
> If you are using OSX then you need OSXVnc:
thanks for the link, the osxvnc domain led me nowhere...
> sharing of the main screen. -Pity. Also, the cursor is not
> sent from the
> server (not a problem with a decent connection, but seeing the remote
> cursor can be a useful indicator of what's happening under a slower
That does suck. But I'll live ;-)
> If you are using Classic Mac OS then the best server is ChromiVNC:
> It does suffer a couple of known problems (such as dragging a Finder
> icon, or some other draggable item, can cause a lock-up which
> has to be
> freed at the Mac end by jogging the physical mouse - my own
> vncPatches68k gets around that though -but I 'lost' my website, so I
> need to get that sorted out before it's available again), and
> it has the
> occasional incompatibility with certain software (I found working
> remotely in Think Pascal would eventually crash it, and using Eudora
> remotely for a period of time, half an hour, say, also occasionally
> causes a freeze).
That is not good news... Anythign is better than nothing, but freezing the mac is not a good thing. Is this still developed by someone or is this going to stay as it is now, for the bugs etc?
> The old 'official' AT&T VNC server for Mac (Classic) is very buggy,
> often causing complete system-freeze/crash -it does some rather
> 'naughty' things at interrupt time, so it's not very surprising...
> However, some have found it just about works, as long as they
> don't do
> too much serious work remotely through to the Mac.
Not for me then...
> The main thing to watch out for in VNCThing is a bug in one of the
> encodings (RRE) -make sure you always deselect this in the encoding
> options. This bug causes it to lose connection regularly with
Hmm, that's not too good then, since you say that is the best server. then again, a dropped connection, oh well...
> For OSX, another viewer is VNCDimension (www.mdimension.com). I find
> latest version (0.7) -it seems to not keep up too well with mouse
> tracking, etc. I'm not sure if the problem is to do with the
Hmm, this might make it a little frustrating to work with perhaps...
> Finally, OSX is basically a FreeBSD-based OS (i.e. unix,
> so the unix VNC viewer will compile and work fine under X11
> on Mac OSX.
Hmm, I'll see if the mac's that need it are set up that way, but I doubt it.
> Anyway, I hope that proves to be a useful overview!
It certainly did, many thanks!