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10.6: Avoid a screen sharing problem with Windows PCs System 10.6
I have been using the Screen Sharing application bundled with Mac OS X (it's in (/System/Library/CoreServices) to do all my VNC screen sharing with Windows PCs.

Since I upgraded to 10.6, every time I try to connect to a Windows PC, I just get a white screen after the password login screen.

I solved this by selecting the Screen Sharing application in the Finder, pressing Command-I, and clicking on the 'Run in 32-bit mode' checkbox. This solved all my problems; Screen Sharing now connects on the first try every time.
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Use RDC instead?
Authored by: gbrandt on Oct 06, '09 08:12:39AM
If you are connecting to a Windows box why not use Remote Desktop for windows:

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/remote-desktop/default.mspx

It is much, much faster than VNC and also free.


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Use RDC instead?
Authored by: mkuron on Oct 06, '09 08:23:35AM

RDP is only available on the Professional/Business versions of Windows; XP's and Vista's Home Editions do not include it.
Also, RDP has some disadvantages over a separate VNC server, most notably that the local user will have his screen automatically blanked if someone connects using RDC.



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Use RDC instead?
Authored by: gbrandt on Oct 06, '09 09:27:46AM

That I did not know, thanks.



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Use RDC instead?
Authored by: Eric3 on Oct 06, '09 05:56:14PM
There are better RDC clients to be had other than Microsoft's own; first among them for the Mac is CoRD. Far better management of saved connections and much more Mac-like.

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VNC servers
Authored by: mkuron on Oct 06, '09 08:27:22AM

I guess this issue may be dependent on which VNC server (UltraVNC, RealVNC, ...) you're using on the Windows side or on which encoding methods the server supports. It probably also applies to VNC servers running on Linux.
I have not been able to verify either of these, but from a technical perspective, the operating system the server is running should not affect a client's ability to connect.



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10.6: Avoid a screen sharing problem with Windows PCs
Authored by: laurion on Oct 06, '09 11:05:43AM

I'd also recommend giving Jolly's Fast VNC a try. It's a much faster client than Screen Sharing, and with some tricks up its sleeve too, such as different ways of scaling the screen.



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10.6: Avoid a screen sharing problem with Windows PCs
Authored by: leamanc on Oct 06, '09 02:13:29PM

I used to think Jollys was faster than Screen Sharing. But now it seems the reverse is true. Maybe it's just because I only connect to other Mac VNC servers at the moment, but Screen Sharing allows me to use my Mac mini in almost real-time...heck, I could almost watch video on it.

Jollys is very, very fast, but for me at least, Screen Sharing has a slight speed advantage.



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10.6: Avoid a screen sharing problem with Windows PCs
Authored by: VxJasonxV on Oct 12, '09 12:17:40PM

Screen sharing Mac-to-Mac isn't VNC. Don't confuse it just because it has a VNC compatibility layer.



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10.6: Avoid a screen sharing problem with Windows PCs
Authored by: tech4eleven on Jan 12, '10 09:04:24PM

this was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much.

i tried RDC for mac to connect to windows 7 but it doesnt work. So I got CoRD and it worked like magic, but for my own reasons, I needed a VNC instead- even though its slower. So I installed VNC on windows and then started using Chicken of the VNC but it doesnt have many options. Then i read I could just use the vnc viewer (screen sharing) bundled with my mac. And I am always in favor of using things I already have. And I love it. Still not many options but it works. The main option I wanted was to zoom out. Simple I know but COTVNC doesnt have that. I entered vnc://ipofwindows:port into safari, then dragged the favicon to my desktop and gave it a custom icon. Then of course, switched it to only 32bit mode. Now I'm lovin' it, my way.



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