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TOPIC: Setting up VNC and X Windows

Setting up VNC and X Windows 14 years 3 weeks ago #7466

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I have a server that i connect to with ssh. I want to be able to use a X Window desktop via VNC.

So i installed Xfree86 and Vncserver. I started the vnc server and i can connet to it. But i just get a screen showing 3 tick boxes:
accept clipboard from viewers, send clipboad to viewers and send primary selection to viewers.

So i thought x windows is not started, i typed startx and i got the error at the bottom of this post:

What need's to be started or configured??



[root@jacko /]# startx
Using authority file /root/.Xauthority
Writing authority file /root/.Xauthority
Using authority file /root/.Xauthority
Writing authority file /root/.Xauthority

XFree86 Version 4.3.0 (Custom Build: 4.3.0-59.legacy)
Release Date: 15 August 2003
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.6
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.8-1.521smp i686 [ELF]
Build Date: 01 February 2005
Build Host:

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Module Loader present
OS Kernel: Linux version 2.4.20-021stab022.11.777-enterprise (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
.ru) (gcc version 2.96 20000731 (Red Hat Linux 7.3 2.96-110)) #1 SMP Fri Jan 14
11:07:01 MSK 2005 P
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/XFree86.0.log", Time: Tue Mar 1 13:08:51 2005
(EE) Unable to locate/open config file
(EE) Error from xf86HandleConfigFile()

Fatal server error:
no screens found

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- X server log file: /var/log/XFree86.0.log
- Kernel log file: /var/log/messages

XIO: fatal IO error 104 (Connection reset by peer) on X server ":0.0"
after 0 requests (0 known processed) with 0 events remaining.
[root@jacko /]#

Re: Setting up VNC and X Windows 14 years 2 weeks ago #7517

It sounds like you need to configure X first. I ran into a similar problem a while ago on Gentoo Linux. There should be a directory /etc/X11 that has a .conf file that you can enter in your monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc configuration parameters. And if you're lucky there might be an automated script you can run that will do the dirty work for you. I don't have anything to refer to at the moment as I'm at work so that's all I can offer for now.
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