Lion VNC broken (Blank screen, wall paper only)

layte

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Jul 23, 2008
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I need to be able to use VNC to view and control my Macbook Pro. Unfortunately after upgrading to Lion all I get when I VNC into the machine is the following screen


Very useful, and a complete show stopper for me. I have tried fiddling with all screen sharing and remote admin options to no avail. Trying different clients makes no difference either.
 

layte

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Original poster
Jul 23, 2008
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Unfortunately not. I've had to fall back on my Snow Leopard backup for now. Perhaps I'll try again in a few months. In the meantime I have submitted this to Apple as a bug report.
 
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callagga

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Mar 2, 2007
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not working for me either from XP via VNC - tried ""Only use protocol 3.3"" but this didn't solve anything - setup mac for screen sharing (not remote control)

interestingly in the system log, after I try to connect with VNC (nothing else) I see the following - there are some logmein lines in there for some reason (also noting logmein is busted under Lion for the moment too...)


loginwindow[768]: Login Window Application Started
loginwindow[768]: **DMPROXY** Found `/System/Library/CoreServices/DMProxy'.
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.434 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - SessionManager - sessionTerminating
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.434 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - SessionManager - DisplayServer stop
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.434 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - SessionManager - DisplayServer close
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.434 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - GUIAgent - DisplayServerStopped.Sent[758]
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: Session - Error occured:read errno: (9) Bad file descriptor
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.437 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - SessionManager - Connection closed
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.437 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - SessionManager - Closing DisplayServer
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.437 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - SessionManager - DisplayServer close
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.437 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - SessionManager - Exiting
com.apple.launchd[1] (com.logmein.logmeinguiagent): Unknown key for boolean: UseLMILaunchAgentFixer
com.apple.launchctl.LoginWindow[770]: com.apple.findmymacmessenger: Already loaded
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[774]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.511 - Info - LMIGUIAgent - Main - starting...
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[774]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.511 - Info - LMIGUIAgent - Main - started:774 uid:0 (parent:1 launchd)
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[774]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.512 - Info - LMIGUIAgent - Main - waiting for window server connection
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[774]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.531 - Info - LMIGUIAgent - Main - waiting for window server session
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[774]: 2011-07-26 09:02:46.532 - Info - LMIGUIAgent - Main - connecting to session manager
ManagedClient[776]: MCX.createConnection bootstrap_register failed = 1100
loginwindow[768]: Login Window Started Security Agent
loginwindow[768]: kCGErrorFailure: CGSPackagesGetWorkspaceType: couldn't get workspace type
loginwindow[768]: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.
SecurityAgent[777]: Echo enabled
com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[774]: 2011-07-26 09:02:47.178 - Debug - LMIGUIAgent - SessionManager - SessionAgentStarted
com.apple.launchd[1] (com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[758]): Exited with code: 1
SecurityAgent[777]: kCGErrorFailure: CGSPackagesGetWorkspaceType: couldn't get workspace type
SecurityAgent[777]: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.
 
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themouse1

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Aug 16, 2011
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I never used VNC before. But one particular program gives you a keypad on the iPad to control a music notation program on the Mac. I downloaded it and confirmed the connection to the Mac. But the buttons did not work at all.

A note from the developer told me that Lion has added a new wrinkle regarding VNC connection; you must be logged out before making that connection. When when you log back in it will work. And it did.

I have no idea if that's at play here, but it seemed to take people by surprise on the 'Sibelius' board.
 
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Smacky

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Jul 23, 2008
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Yeah logging out can be used as a workaround, but not if you want to have programs running on the machine while you aren't logged in via VNC, e.g. downloading something or encoding a file
 
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boomhaueruk

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Apr 27, 2009
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I need to be able to use VNC to view and control my Macbook Pro. Unfortunately after upgrading to Lion all I get when I VNC into the machine is the following screen
Image

Very useful, and a complete show stopper for me. I have tried fiddling with all screen sharing and remote admin options to no avail. Trying different clients makes no difference either.
Still broken now in May 2012!

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3190260?start=120&tstart=0
 
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ankh

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Jan 9, 2003
73
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Same issue here -- intermittently. I suspect the destination Mac is asleep, anytime anyone goes and does anything to it, after that, it connects OK. Until the next time it's been neglected.
 
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ankh

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Jan 9, 2003
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and easy answer --- set up the built in ScreenSharing and it works fine.
 
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