Solved Question on headless desktop setup

April 16, 2012 at 08:23:40
Specs: Debian 6.0, AMD Phenom II 4X
Hi folks,

Debian 6.0 desktop
KVM virtualizer

I expect to setup this PC as a headless desktop remotely administrated by another desktop on LAN. I have been googling a while and couldn't find articles/instructions re how to config the BIOS of the headless desktop and other relevant steps. Please help. TIA


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April 16, 2012 at 11:47:55
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You should be able to go into your BIOS and find a setting for Halting on Errors. And set that to No Errors. The default would be to Halt on Keyboard Errors.

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April 17, 2012 at 04:34:36
Hi Gretti,

set "halt on erro/but keyboard.

Then it works. Thanks

Now on local PC
$ ssh -X
connect remote pc with x forwarding.

$ gnome-session >&/dev/null &
starts the remote desktop locally with transparent background.

However it is difficult reading 2 desktops. Is there anyway to make both desktops running side-by-side?



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April 17, 2012 at 11:27:20
I'm sorry but I don't understand your question

"However it is difficult reading 2 desktops. Is there anyway to make both desktops running side-by-side?"

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April 17, 2012 at 18:52:11
Hi Gretti,

My problem is 2 desktops, remote and local, are displayed on the same workplace. It would be quite confusing. Is there any way to display each desktop on one workplace(on its own workplace) OR displaying both desktops side-by-side, NOT one on top of another, on the same workplace?


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April 17, 2012 at 21:22:30
Not quite sure if I can help you with that, I don't use the x11 ssh for remote desktop. But here is a nice little discussion about what you are trying to do at slashdot

I use VNC viewer or webmin to control my boxes, seem to work fine for me.

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April 17, 2012 at 21:37:22
vnc - whether you meant;

vnc4server - Virtual network computing server software
to be installed on the remote PC

xvnc4viewer - Virtual network computing client software for X
to be installed on local PC


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April 19, 2012 at 08:20:49
Hi Gretti,

I sort out my problem by installing tightvncserver on the remote PC and xtightviewer on local PC. Now after starting xtinghtviewer on the local PC 2 desktops are displayed side-by-side on the same workplace. I can read both desktops comfortably. But still there are following drawbacks;
1. The response of the remote desktop is slow after typing or keyin command. ssh is quite quick in response.
2. The mouse pointer on the remote desktop is too small, only a dot size

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April 19, 2012 at 11:42:58
What flavor of Linux are you running?

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April 19, 2012 at 18:26:20
On remote PC - Debian 6.0 desktop
On local PC - Ubuntu 11.04 desktop

I'm still trying to sort out following problem.
vncviewer can't login the remote desktop if the later don't login. Then it fails to serve my target "login a headless server/PC". Because headless server/PC won't login after started

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