Saturday, April 8, 2006

OS X's vnc server


Today, I wanted to finish copying all of our music files to our Mac mini.  I wanted to watch some TV while I was doing this, so I wanted to use VNC to control the Mac mini.  Apple has a built in VNC server, and here are some instructions on how to set it up.


One thing that I found out is that the built-in VNC server doesn't support any of the efficient encodings.  It looks like it only supports the Raw encoding.  On my mini that has it display set to 1920 x 1080i with Millions of colors, it is too slow, even on my home network. 


I am now using OSXvnc.  It supports all known encodings, except Ultra.  Now I can control my Mac Mini, without it being dreadfully slow.


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