Saturday, January 8, 2011

How To Connect to Alternate Displays with TightVNC

Because Ubuntu's default VNC server (vino)  has many issues, I run x11vnc as well. This is running on Display 1, and I leave vino running on Display 0.
I'm spending a bit more time with Windows since I built an actual Windows-based gaming rig, and I couldn't figure out how to get the tightVNC client to connect to any display except 0.

I finally found the answer on softpanorama. You don't actually use the port number or the display number. 
Take the display number and subtract 5900. So display #1 becomes -5899. Display #2 is -5898.
Enter this value like a port number in the server IP field.

Why this uses the negative compliment of the actual port number, I have no idea. 

But now, I can access my home TV and monitor my podcast from Windows.

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