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I have a linux system (2.6.9-89.ELsmp #1 SMP Mon Apr 20 10:33:05 EDT 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux) with VNC. I can start a "vncserver" session as a user and always get a desktop as "computer:1" or "computer:2" which I can connect to.

HOWEVER, I cannot connect to "computer:0". I get a "Connection refused (10061)" or a "failed to connect to server" error (depending on what vnc viewer I use".

When I connect to one of the other servers (I.e. computer:1" I basically just get what looks like an xterm session...I don;t get the entire desktop as I should.

I've been able to connect to ":0" in the past and on other machines (to see the entire desktop).

Ideas on why this isn't working?

Thanks!.
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vnc wasn't made to do that, on *nix's. What you need is x11vnc. I don't claim to know how to because I've never needed it but one of my friends have. Please have a look at these links and especially last one at " How to use x11vnc"

General info
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X11vnc

The howto:
http://www.karlrunge.com/x11vnc/
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by:Mike R.
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I was able to work around the issue by having the user start the vnc on a different screen ":1" and then start a new instance of the kde with the "startkde" command.

It gives him what he needs :-)

Thanks!
Mike
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