VNC to Mac OS 10.5 from Windows

I’ve been trying for a while to get the Mac “Screen Sharing” to work. I want to control the Mac from a Windows Vista machine. Even though Screen Sharing is just a VNC server, my RealVNC client would seem to connect for a split second and then the connection would go away.

I finally found the solution: in the VNC client (vncviewer) options, set the encoding to “Hextile” and the color level to “Full”. Now it connects fine!

vncviewer settings

One thought on “VNC to Mac OS 10.5 from Windows

  1. Kent

    Very nice Karl!

    Of course I haven’t had to do this yet. (Our Bomgar appliance is my friend.)

    But nice to see this in case I need to do this soon.


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