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10.5: See Time Machine GUI on a headless Mac over ARD System 10.5
When attempting to access Time Machine on a headless Mac over Apple Remote Desktop, a common complaint is that the GUI (graphical user interface) does not appear, though it does function if you guess where the buttons are. This is especially problematic when running on a Mac Mini.

To force the screen to redraw, just drag any file/folder from your local desktop into the Remote Desktop window, as if you were copying the file to the remote machine. You don't have to release the icon, but the screen should redraw with the Time Machine controls now visible and functional. Not all of the visual effects work, but you can browse past archives and perform restores with ease.
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10.5: See Time Machine GUI on a headless Mac over ARD
Authored by: poenn on Oct 15, '08 09:00:48AM

Great hint, thanks!

I'm using a Mac mini headless and was always annoyed by the disfuntional TM interface (both in Screen Sharing and ARD). But one problem still exists: The timeline still doesn't display correctly...



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10.5: See Time Machine GUI on a headless Mac over ARD
Authored by: pauljlucas on Oct 15, '08 09:41:58AM
Did you tell Apple about the bug?

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10.5: See Time Machine GUI on a headless Mac over ARD
Authored by: ew8049 on Oct 15, '08 10:19:10AM
Something called MacPilot has a "checkbox" GUI to turn off this effect, and a few other options for time machine. It must be tied to a command line which can be far more elegant. If anyone knows the command line equiv, please post.

http://www.koingosw.com/products/macpilot.php

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10.5: See Time Machine GUI on a headless Mac over ARD
Authored by: pmbuko on Oct 15, '08 12:19:34PM

I've always just adjusted the quality slider (upper-right corner of the ARD window) down and then back up to force it to redraw the screen.



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10.5: See Time Machine GUI on a headless Mac over ARD
Authored by: drewk_call-151 on Oct 16, '08 09:25:39AM

I use Chicken of the VNC to connect to a mini which is set for screen sharing . It seems that Time Machine works fine for me. I tried with the built in VNN client and it does not work.



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10.5: See Time Machine GUI on a headless Mac over ARD
Authored by: darien on Nov 09, '08 10:46:40PM
While the original hint above does a fine job of providing a one-time refresh of the screen, it does not allow the fully-animated Time Machine interface to work across ARD. A trip to your electronics store and as little as $1 in parts can solve this issue once and for all by fooling the Mini into thinking a monitor is attached. I've built two of these in the last week, and they work as expected.

http://tvtool.info/go.htm?http://tvtool.info/english/dummy_e.htm

NOTE: You have to restart the Mini after attaching the resisters in order for it to believe there is a monitor attached.

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10.5: See Time Machine GUI on a headless Mac over ARD
Authored by: robogobo on Apr 16, '09 02:03:56PM

I'm a little late to the party, but I just stumbled on this. Does anyone know what screen resolutions are possible with a Monitor Dummy type device attached? I'm frustrated by the lack of mouse control and video in iChat when connected to my headless Mini over VNC. A device like this could be the answer, as long as I can max out the resolution.



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