Mar 282012

There are two tricks to using VNC from a non Mac to connect to a Mac running OS X Lion.

  1. Turn on the VNC server by enabling System Preferences -> Sharing ->  Screen Sharing. Even though it provides little security, a VNC password must be set so that OS X will present an authentication scheme that makes sense to a standard VNC client. Enable “VNC viewers may control screen with password
  2. After connecting, you will see a grey linen-backgrounded desktop with nothing in it. Type your user name and password. After logging in, your desktop contents will display!

  3 Responses to “VNC to OS X Lion: Gratuitous Passwords and Empty Grey Linen Desktops”

  1. Thank you for posting this tip! I have no idea how you figured this out, but I’m glad you did. 🙂

  2. Wow…

    You might want to update that the user will not see a field for user/pass but to type them regardless with a return after each, like usual. I had trouble understanding several posts on this matter that NOBODY explains well…after a year this finally just made sense.

    I have to add that freaking OSX VNC is silly slow…boo!

  3. Thanks for that info, it never would have occurred to me to enter credentials blindly like that. But it works, albeit slowly and with some maddening key mappings.


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