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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs Network
Leopard's screen sharing uses the standard VNC protocol, and so it is possible to use it to share screens with other non-Leopard systems. I run the VINE Server on my older 10.4 Mac, and it appears in my Finder under Shared, allowing me to click the Share Screen button to bring up its screen.

This may only work with the VINE Server because it supports Bonjour. It would be interesting to know if there's a way to get Windows PCs running a VNC server to show up.
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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: dr9553 on Nov 07, '07 04:40:53PM

Is this accessing a 10.4 system from 10.5? If so, then you dont need to have anything special installed on the 10.4 computer to get screen sharing to work. It works from my laptop (10.5) to my desktop (10.4). and also here at work from my Mac Pro to my print server and everything else in the office.



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No Extra Software Needed
Authored by: paulio on Nov 07, '07 05:30:38PM

There is no extra software needed for 10.4 because it already has the proper remote access software installed.

To turn on the Remote Access Server, open up System Preferences. Open the Sharing panel. Turn on Apple Remote Desktop. Click on Access Privileges. Turn on access for at least one user. Check all the check boxes in the top section.

The VNC server is not necessary, but if for some reason you require the VNC server, turn on it's setting below. Be sure to enter a password for the VNC server.

The 10.4 machine should now appear in the Finder's Sharing section on Leopard machines. To connect, click on the machine name then click on Share Screen. Enter the username and password of one of the checked users on the 10.4 machine. Note: do not confuse this with the username and password of a user on the Leopard machine.



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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: Coumerelli on Nov 07, '07 06:55:45PM

This works with 10.3 also. It also works on Windows with vnc (RealVNC in my case). There's even a warning that the data will be unsecured when you connect to VNC.

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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: Steff-X2 on Nov 08, '07 12:05:26AM
You don't need the VNC server to use Bonjour to connect to it. In the Finder, select "Connect to server..." then type
vnc://address.of.the.vnc.server
The Screen Sharing application will launch.

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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: greed on Dec 16, '07 11:50:58AM

If you've got VNC servers on non-default ports, typical on X11-based UNIX systems, you need to specify the full port address. Say you've got a VNC server on DISPLAY 1 on a Linux box, then the URL is:

vnc://some.linux.box:5901/

The port is 5900 + the display number.

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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: StrangeNoise on Nov 08, '07 02:22:30AM

Also, you can (if you can find it on Apple's downloads site) download and install Remote Desktop Client 3.2.1 and install it - at least on Tiger, I'm not sure about earlier versions.

It's here.

Yes, the download link says it's the 3.2.0 version, but what you get when you install it is the 3.2.1 version. It works from Leopard, with all the adaptive stuff working, and showing up as a Share Screen... link from the leopard finder etc; and, like Leopard, is now also compatible with third party VNC clients. I can use xtightvncviewer from Linux to my Tiger and Leopard machines now.



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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: aafuss on Nov 08, '07 06:58:14AM

I have a Windows XP PC running TightVNC and it showed up in the Finder, even though it didn't use Bonjour.



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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: shavenyak on Nov 08, '07 07:39:18AM

Interesting that Windows VNC servers show up, even without announcing themselves by Bonjour. Perhaps Leopard is probing common VNC port numbers on machines when it displays them in Finder?



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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: Whistle Master on Nov 09, '07 06:35:06AM

TightVNC Servers on Windows XP don't show up in Leopard for me... (last Version of TightVNC).

Tried to install Bonjour for Windows XP but doesn't work better :-(



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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: shavenyak on Nov 09, '07 06:11:36PM

Okay, I've tried both TightVNC and RealVNC, and neither one will cause my Windows box to show up with a "share screen" button in Finder.

I'd love to know some details from you folks who have it working.



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10.5: Share screens with non-10.5 Macs
Authored by: Toph on Dec 05, '07 02:05:15AM

Help For Windows Users
I have windows xp installed on my pc and leopard installed on my mac. I installed the latest version of tightvnc to my pc. On my computer, my firewall is disabled. If yours is enabled you may have to allow exceptions (not sure) then on the mac press Ctrl + K then type 'vnc://ip of the computer you want to connect to' example, 'vnc://192.168.1.100'
type in your system password and it should work



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