Remote VNC on computer bootup (Lucid)

Mark mhullrich at
Tue Nov 16 16:31:41 UTC 2010

On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 6:53 AM, Steve Malenfant <smalenfant at> wrote:
> Even worst... I disabled automatic login, now I can't even connect to the
> session. So automatic login is necessary to be able to connect to :0 screen.
> I can't call this "Remote Desktop". I would call this "Remote Assistance
> once logged in" :)
> I guess theother VNC session is required. The default remote desktop is
> non-functional as is.
> On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:44 AM, Steve Malenfant <smalenfant at>
> wrote:
>> I use to have this machine as a "mythtv-frontend" which login
>> automatically... Wonder if that's the problem.
>> On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 9:36 AM, Steve Malenfant <smalenfant at>
>> wrote:
>>> That's the case... Although my computer isn't exactly "headless". I do
>>> have a monitor and keyboard I connect to it sometime to use it at my desk.
>>> The problem is when I go away from my house and needs remote access to it.
>>> Because it crashes sometimes due to the AMD/memory or IGP (don't know yet),
>>> once it reboots I can't remote access it. That's why the keyring really
>>> bothers me.
>>> To enable "remote access" from the GUI, you need to run level 5... It
>>> needs to have the GUI started up...
>>> I'll see what it does by rebooting the machine and logging in using
>>> locally first... I could start a new vncserver session on :1 instead of :0.
>>> But sometime I like to leave stuff where they are and restart where I was.
>>> On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:06 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
>>>> On 11/11/2010 04:51 PM, NoOp wrote:
>>>> > On 11/11/2010 08:02 AM, Steve Malenfant wrote:
>>>> >> Why can't VNC let me in after I reboot my computer? Always ask for a
>>>> >> password for the keyring that I have to plug back my keyboard/monitor
>>>> >> to
>>>> >> enter? Any workaround?
>>>> >>
>>>> >> Ubuntu has been a bit frustrating after changing from Centos... I'm
>>>> >> getting
>>>> >> used to it, but seems to be less user friendly.
>>>> >>
>>>> >>
>>>> >
>>>> > Not sure exactly what you are asking, but I'll try to guess as I have
>>>> > multiple machines that I boot headless (no keyboard, no monitor) and
>>>> > VNC
>>>> > into...
>>>> >
>>>> > Set the machine to autologin: System|Administration|Login
>>>> > Screen|Unlock
>>>> > - 'Log in as <user> automatically. That way when the system boots it
>>>> > will autologin using that username. Of course you need to set your
>>>> > BIOS
>>>> > to ignore no keyboard (not halt on keyboard error).
>>>> >
>>>> > The next problem that you will encounter is that booting headless will
>>>> > cause the screen resolution defaults to go to the lowest default
>>>> > setting
>>>> > (640x480) and might not be optimal. In order to change that you are
>>>> > going to have to generate a proper /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to have the
>>>> > system go to the proper resolution settings. From one of my old posts:
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> Wait a minute. I know see what you are saying... the keyring is asking
>>>> for a password on the headless machine (I've just checked in Maverick as
>>>> well). This must be a recent change, perhaps for security reasons?
>>>> In any event, I see what you are referring to & sorry for the previous.
>>>> I'll see if I can figure out why and a solution as this affects me as
>>>> well (hadn't booted those machines in awhile).

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