Using Remote Desktop in Mint 13 Maya
For various reasons, I use Remote Desktop Control a lot.
Yesterday I upgraded a PC to Mint 13 and went to active remote access. There was no sign of any Desktop Sharing Preferences.
I searched the Net and found more queries than answers as apparently this is a major problem that affects both 32 and 64 bit versions. However by combining several solutions I eventually made one that worked.
I started by creating an entry in my main menu –
Running this will load the Desktop Sharing Preferences. Allow sharing and chose the rest of your preferences. This sets the default so there is no need to run this again unless you wish to change preferences at a future date.
The Vino server is now running but it still will refuse access. To fix this, I created a new entry in Startup Applications (you’ll find the latter in Control Center)
The Command is /usr/lib/vino/vino-server –sm-disable
Next time, and every time after the machine is booted up, Desktop Sharing will be enabled and running.
Just a quick thanks for this nugget of info. Really really useful. Just to clarify however something that is not entirely clear unless you copy and paste is that the command usr/lib/vino/vino-server –sm-disable has a double dash before sm not a single one. Once i’d worked that out – all was good. Cheers
My pleasure! Thanks for pointing out about the double dash. Judging by the traffic to this page, a lot of people are having the same problem.
Thank you so much!
Thanks, this solved it for me.
Excellent info! Thanks a million :D.
Would you please explain some options on using the last Maya login option, Secure Remote Session?
All it shows me is a box prompting host and port. I can find zero information about which protocol it would be using or what I would need server-wise on my home/work network
June: Have you tried the various forums (fora?)? Or maybe someone who reads thins might have an answer?
Installing xrdp allows you to remote desktop from windows machine without going through difficult settings. If that is what you are looking for…
Thanks, Liton. My problem was that I connected to two other Linux Mint machines from my laptop. It worked perfectly until I updated the lot to 13 Maya. I installed Vinagre on this machine but couldn’t fire up the VNC server on the other machines as it was no longer available. Hence my fix above.
Thanks! After a whole day trying to mak it work, your solution worked a treat!
You, my friend, deserve a beer. This just ended about an hour of irritation, and has delayed my plans to roof-test this Linux box.
Beer always welcome!
I just hope this problem is fixed in 14 when it comes out. Judging by the hits on just this page, Remote Desktop seems to be a major omission.
Thanks a bunch. You saved me a headache!
I just installed Mint 14 and can't get this to work. I can set preferences but when I enter vino-server –sm-disable it just says command not found. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? (I am in /usr/lib/vino when I try it.)
They seem to have reinstated Remote Desktop in 14 so the above instructions are redundant. Just go to Preferences -> Decktop Sharing, and away you go!
Thanks Richard. However, I don't have a "Preferences" in my menu. The closest thing I can find is "Settings", but there is no "Desktop Sharing" there or anywhere else in the menus that I can find. Is that because I have the XFCE 4 desktop environment?
With apologies for the delay (it takes a while to download and install XFCE!)
Try goiing to Settings -> Session and Startup. Select "Application Dutostart". Towards the bottom of the list, you'll find "Desktop Sharing (Gnome Destop Sharing Server)". Select that and you should be OK.
Let me know how you get on.
I've tried the Settings -> Session and Startup, Application Autostart and checked the "Desktop Sharing (Gnome Desktop Sharing Server)" and rebooted. However, no luck. I've tried connecting from two different Windows machines, using TightVNC and UltraVNC, on a home network (everybody can ping everybody else). All I get from the viewers is "failed to connect to server".
I'm afraid you are wandering outside my area of very limited expertise here! Have you tried the Mint forums?
Thousands of Thanks !!! Works great on Mint 14 Nadia :)Don't forget the double dash(—) in usr/lib/vino/vino-server —sm-disableand it'll be perfect.You really saved my day ! Thanks again 😀
THANKS! AT LAST!
Have spent hours trying to get past 'connection refused, etc.l
Thanks, thanks, thanks!