RDesktop: Becoming slow after some time

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by dev-random, Oct 2, 2010.

  1. dev-random macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm using rdesktop to connect from the Mac to my Windows machine. Since both are connected via gigabit ethernet, this runs quite smoothly. In fact smooth enough to even watch YouTube videos over it.

    But after a few hours of usage the connection gets very slow. The screen of the Windows desktop is build up slowly so that one can see single portions of the screen being replaced by their new content.

    Neither restarting rdesktop nor the X server seems to work. Only thing that works is logging out and in again on the Mac (just logging out, not restarting the machine). But as I then have to reopen all the running applications I definitely would prefer some less laborious solution.


    Thanks in advance
     
  2. jerry333 macrumors member

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    Try CoRd http://cord.sourceforge.net/ and see if it still happens.

    You might also try rebooting the Windows machine (if possible) to see if that clears it up.

    A third thing to try is to close remote desktop and wait about three hours and then see if it's still slow. If it speeds up then what's happening is that it's holding onto the same connection because of the tcp timeout value.

    Also check in activity monitor to see what changes over time.
     
  3. dev-random thread starter macrumors member

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    Tried CoRD for some time now and did not encounter the described problem ever since.

    It has some additional advantages over rdesktop from MacPorts like a working clipboard exchange between the remote and local machines and a correctly displayed mouse pointer (with rdesktop from time to time the cursor got all black). I'm aware that CoRD is based on rdesktop but they seem to have fixed some flaws.

    Thanks
     
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    If you haven't tried Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection for the Mac, you probably should. It's not perfect, but it is still my program of choice for connecting to Windows machines.

    http://www.microsoft.com/mac

    A.
     
  5. dev-random thread starter macrumors member

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    The Microsoft client was one of the first candidates, actually. But the graphics performance is way too slow for my purposes.
     

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