Connect To Your Mac Using Real VNC From Windows

I hope this would help mac os users who want to access their mac units remotely using Real VNC from a windows unit, be it desktop or laptop.

The problem I had when enabling screen sharing in my MacBook was that after I try to connect using Real VNC, the program just closes. Not even an error message.

That left me annoyed because I couldnt get it to work. Luckily after scouring the net, I came upon a forum wherein one user’s post made it work. Upon starting Real VNC, go to OPTIONS, then do the following

– Turn off Render Cursor Locally

– Set color to full color

That’s it.

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  1. jesse, hmm i only tried accessing it in our local network. and that was the solution that made it work. other colors just force the vnc client to close itself.

    but if this does not work remotely, thanks for the tip

  2. Thanks so much!!! This solved my issue. I love mac (leopard), but am required to use PC for work. I use hamachiX to tunnel to my home mac (from my work pc windows XP).

    The vnc viewer just kept closing and I was frustrated.

    I really appreciate you posting this to help others out!!!!

    This fixed the problem.

    btw…the hamachix I downloaded on 2/15/09 worked great (no terminal, config, etc needed).

    I have a intel iMac running Leopard.

  3. hey mac lover, mac os has a vpn client already installed. i dont think you need to use hamachiX to tunnel to your mac. you can go to network under system preferences to find the vpn client there

  4. Does not work becasue there is no screen rendoring option on my enterprise version of VNC. I tries to connect – then closes saying that authentication fails as well…so what are oyu guys using the free older version of realvnc?

  5. Further to last comment – REal VNC Enterprise -regeistered version works as long as you have screen and remote access permissions eanbled – I did not have everythings permissions set properly – so it did not connect..

  6. Make sure you correctly configure the server side of your Mac.

    I use UltraVNC because its free and it works. As this article suggests you have to turn off local cursor rendering and set the colour options to “full colour”.

    With UltraVNC the option is “track remote cursor locally” set that that to “do not display remote cursor”.

    This problem had stumped me for a long time but now its all up and working!

  7. This worked for me too. With full color, the screen updates are excruciatingly slow.

    Time to look for another (more fully featured) VNC server for MAC OS X, I guess…

  8. Thank you!

    You also need (for Free RealVNC any how) to change the Encoding — Apple’s solution does not accept ZRLE connections, use Hextile instead.

  9. Hi – It’s great to find such topical stuff on the Web as I have been able to fiind here. I agree with much of what is written here and I’ll be returning to this site again. Thanks again for posting such great reading material!!

  10. I didn’t realize you could even access your Macintosy OS Unit from windows not was I aware that Real VNC existed until now. Thanks for the added instructions on this, I will give this a try for sure.

  11. Thanks!
    works for me. Fine!

    Tip: This is not the “option” of the vnc clock-bar icon. This is the “option” of the executable program: vnc viewer!

    Man, I love you

  12. Yes, thanks. I did find that I needed to set color to full but could leave the cursor full. Why do you thinks all this is so hard to find!

  13. Ah ha! I have been Using UltraVNC because I was facing this issue with Real VNC. This works so much better… Thanks a bunch!

  14. EXACTLY what I needed. I thought it was something to do with my windows system and the application, but now it makes sense that it was compatibility with RealVNC and the OSX Screen Sharing!

    Of course, I can’t say I was wrong to suspect my local system, since it seemed to just glitch/crash, rather than bothering to tell me, “hey, your settings are not compatible with your Mac!” haha

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