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VNC help!

KilwaKilwa Member
edited September 2012 in Help


I searched on the forum and I found this tutorial on how to login to my server via VNC. I have windows 7 and a debian server. So I followed this guide I found here:

What I did is:

apt-get update apt-get upgrade apt-get install tightvncserver xvt jwm

vncserver -geometry 800x600 -depth 16 -nolock -nopn -r -su -tst -lazytight

All OK.

I installed VNCViewer. I typed the IP address of my server and it didn't work so I added IP:1 and I could login. But once I was there I couldn't see anything, Only a grey background with nothing.

My server is 1 year old and has a lot of stuff. So what can i do?

I hope someone from here can help me.

Thank you.


  • You may need to edit your ~/.vnc/xstartup file. It specifies what to start when X server starts.

    In your current state, you can run X applications in the desired display ":1" by exporting the DISPLAY environment variable before running the app. e.g. "DISPALY=:1 firefox".

  • Do you have a desktop manager like GNOME or LXDE?

  • ajit and kliki - Thank you very much.

    But I am really bad in linux. How can i see if I have a desktop manager?

    • How to edit the startup file and what to do with it?

    I just have a server to upload my files.

  • Kliki you were right I installed LXDE and it's working now :D


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