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Headless PowerPC G4
Authored by: micrology on Oct 19, '03 11:28:47AM

I am wanting to use Chicken to run my G4 from my G5. I have OSXvnc 1.3 running on the G4, and Chicken otvnc 1.3.6 on the G5. The two are linked by a hub on a LAN. All is well when the G4 is connected to a monitor (Chicken displays the G4 screen as expected), but when I disconnect the G4's monitor and restart (or wake from sleep), Chicken complains that it cannot connect. What am I doing wrong?



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Headless PowerPC G4
Authored by: bischofftep on Oct 20, '03 04:35:09PM

This is a known issue with many Apple machines. During startup, if the system can't find a monitor it will simply not load several display-oriented libraries or extensions. Then, your VNC server, trying to grab a copy of the screen, finds that it doesn't exist.

The workaround is to slap on a monitor adapter or a "headless monitor dongle." A quick search here should give you some pointers on which one works: I found that a simple Mac-to-PC Monitor adapter was cheap and effective.

-Bischofftep



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