VNC on iBook Does Not See Wireless Router

Posted on 2008-01-25
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Last Modified: 2013-11-09
The network now consists of an iBook (Tiger), a W XP HP Desktop (5 years old), and an iMAC ((Leopard).

The HP desktop is ethernet cable connected to a wireless router.  The iMac, and the iBook, have wireless.  I have permissions set open on the Macs and a share folder on the HP.

All 3 systems access the Internet and each other well through the DLink.

I am trying to test controlling the W XP machine by one of the Mac's (using the iBook right now) by Chicken of the VNC.

The tutorial http://www.freemacblog.com/mac-server-series-setting-up-vnc-on-your-mac/ gives useful information, and screenshots.  I can't get Airport Admin (AAU) utility to list my DLink router the way the screen shot shows their example listing.  I tried picking the Other category since I don't have an Apple Base Station.  AAU asks for Address and Password.  The tutorial says to enter the IP Address of the machine I want to control.  I presume the PW wanted is the lstartup PW for the WXP PC.  I've entered the router IP and I've tried the Ethernet IP (WXP cable connected to router).  I even tried the two router PW's.  AAU says it can't read the configuration of the selected base station.

When I run VNC, I enter the WXP IP"S (tried both - see above)  for Host.  The Port entry is correct.  Always says"Could not connect to server. Times out."

Please provide some guidance on what to try next.


Gar Cooper
Question by:garcpr
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stuknhawaii earned 800 total points
ID: 20748117
For the VNC problem, is there a firewall turned on, on the XP machine? The windows firewall or 3rd party? If so, it'll need to be configured to allow VNC connections in.

Author Comment

ID: 20748312
The Windows Firewall is on.  I just have entered VNC on my iBook as an exception under the Advanced Tab of the Firewall Settings (making my best stab at the entries).

I am getting different error messages now.  I have to close shop for the day.  I'll work on it in the morning and respond further.

Author Comment

ID: 20750134
Ok, I've woke the machines up & reestablished the network connections.

Running Airport Admin Utility, I get the same msg., "Error while reading the configuration of the selected base station.

Running C of the VNC, I get farther than before.  It shows a window icon which I assume is supposed to show the Windows machine Desktop.  Clicking on it, I get "Connection terminated.  Authentication failed."  The Reconnect button gives: Connection rejected"  The IP address used is correct.  I reentered the password and get the same thing.

I got the following message saying the port not named:

Last login: Fri Jan 25 16:17:27 on console
/Volumes/Chicken\ of\ the\ VNC\ 1/Chicken\ of\ the\ VNC.app/Contents/MacOS/Chicken\ of\ the\ VNC; exit
Welcome to Darwin!
Gars-iBook:~ gar$ /Volumes/Chicken\ of\ the\ VNC\ 1/Chicken\ of\ the\ VNC.app/Contents/MacOS/Chicken\ of\ the\ VNC; exit
2008-01-26 11:26:02.551 Chicken of the VNC[731] CFLog (0): CFMessagePort: bootstrap_register(): failed 1103 (0x44f), port = 0x3003, name = 'com.geekspiff.chickenofthevnc.ServiceProvider'
See /usr/include/servers/bootstrap_defs.h for the error codes.
2008-01-26 11:26:02.574 Chicken of the VNC[731] CFLog (99): CFMessagePortCreateLocal(): failed to name Mach port (com.geekspiff.chickenofthevnc.ServiceProvider)
2008-01-26 11:26:31.686 Chicken of the VNC[731] Server reports Version RFB 003.008
2008-01-26 11:27:32.683 Chicken of the VNC[731] Server reports Version RFB 003.008

Got the above when I opened the program (C VNC) the same time as I got the window icon.

The required port no. is 5900.  I specified that to the Windows firewall.  All indications except the above msg. are that C VNC has that port no. to use.

Will appreciate suggestions as to what further I need to do.


Gar Cooper

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31425186
Thanks for the tip about the firewall.  I kept working and looked at the Tutorial again.  I was entering the system start PW in the VNC logon.  Needed to enter the password I had specified when setting VNC up.

I still have problems but will post a new question if needed.

Author Comment

ID: 20751939
I was entering the system start PW in the VNC logon.  Needed to enter the password I had specified when setting VNC up.

VNC is extremely slow the way I have my systems set up now, but it is working.

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