Got a Switcher!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jer446, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. jer446 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2004
    I just got my first switcher. :) The only problem is, she is an EXTREME newbie with computers, so i would like to set the computer up for her. I cant go to her house because she lives kinda far, but can i take control of her imac? I know you can, but on windows, i always have trouble with it because it never connects.. Is there any ports that i should open or something? I would like to just show her around like i was there, and this would allow me to do that.
  2. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2004
    If you just have her install OSXVNC, and you run Chicken of the VNC, that should work fine. Just have her download and run that one (you can walk her through it over the phone/messenger), then have her go to, and you enter that IP into Chicken, using the "Shared Screen" setting. That will let you move the mouse and whatnot while she can watch, and take control as well.
  3. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    Hey this is a really great idea. I could help my grandmother without impossible phone calls. Big question. Will it work if the computer I'm controlling has dial-up? Does it just mean I have to keep getting the IP address?
  4. ldenman macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2005
    it should work fine with dial-up, just slower.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    The method in the guide doesn't require you to get the IP every time, as long as you use Dynamic DNS, but it does require some more initial setup.

  6. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2004
    Use a Dynamic DNS if you're going to need to do it often. Otherwise, it's just as easy to get the IP at the moment via, and use that.

    With regard to the dialup issue, it will be particularly slow. The best thing I've found to speed up the VNC is to change the desktop picture on the controlled machine to a solid colour, and reduce the amount of icons on the desktop. But, you can always do this remotely, just make sure it's the first thing you do.

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