VNC... and patience....

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by whyrichard, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    Hello good mac people,

    i will be needing to control my desktop pc from afar via my mac, and would like to enact vnc. but have not the slightest idea how to do so.

    where do i begin this search?
    any advice or instructions?

  2. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    1. download from
    2. install on your PC
    3. set up as a service to run on boot
    4. download
    5. install on your Mac
    6. configure your PC firewall to open the vnc ports
    7. connect and play around
    8. give up because it's too slow
    9. set up MS's remote desktop access (assuming you have XP Pro - otherwise you're out of luck)
    10. download
    11. install on your Mac
    12. configure the client for minimum eye candy
    13. connect and find it's faster than vnc, but still not very usable
    14. wipe windows and install linux on your PC
    15. set up vnc server to use a low bandwidth desktop manager like windowmaker
    16. connect using chicken of the vnc
    17. find it's now usable, but you can't of course run any windows apps
  3. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Who needs a VNC'ed linux GUI when SSH will do? :)
  4. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
  5. zach macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2003
    i lol'd.
  6. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Just spotted this question ... VNC will keep your state. For instance, I VNC into the same VNC server on my Linux box both at work and from home. This means I can leave work, drive home, sit down at my Mac and continue working from exactly the same place I left off. No need to open up xterms and cd into the correct directory - heck, although I'm not an IDE user usually, I've been working with eclipse today ... no problems using it via VNC.

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