|Can't connect to server, error message:
"Cannot resolve <hostname>"
||The hostname you typed cannot be mapped
to an IP address (DNS error)
- Make sure that you did not mistype the hostname.
- Make sure that the DNS servers are set correctly in your network
- Use a numeric IP address instead of a hostname.
|Can't connect to server,
error message: "Unable to connect to <hostname>:<port>"
||The target host does
not exist or can not be reached
You can try to "ping" the target host to see if it
can be reached:
- Activate your network connection
- Menu Server / Network prefs
- Menu Options / View log
- Enter "ping <hostname> <CR>" where <hostname>
is the target host name, and <CR> is a carriage return
(stylus stroke from top right to bottom left
|There is no VNC server
running on the target host
- Make sure a VNC server is installed and running on the target
- Make sure you use the correct display number (normally 0 for
a WinVNC serv
host is behind a firewall that blocks traffic on the specified port.
This could be the case if you're trying to connect through an internet
connection over GPRS, or if you have a personal firewall running
on the server (such as Windows XP's built-in firewall)
- Configure the firewall so that it allows incoming traffic
on port 5900/TCP to the target host.
- If you don't have control over the firewall settings, see
Try to use a different port number than the default (5900). Usually
port 80 is a good choice (if you are not already running a web
server on the this port) because it's normally used for HTTP,
and so it will most probably not be blocked by your network operator.
- On the PalmVNC client, in the advanced connection properties,
change the port number to "80".
- On the WinVNC server, you need to use regedit to manually
edit or add some values under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ORL\WinVNC3:
"AutoPort" (DWORD) with value 0
"PortNumber" (DWORD) with value 80 (decimal)
|Error message: "Loopback connections
||You are connecting through a proxy that
makes it appear as though the connection was originating from the
server computer itself.
Enable loopback (local) connections on the VNC server. You need
to use regedit to manually add the following value under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ORL\WinVNC3:
"AllowLoopback" (DWORD) with value 1.
Alternately, you may dowload and open this
file; when asked if you wish to merge the contents of this
file with the registry, say yes.
|When I try to set the scale to anything but 1:1,
I get a "Connection Lost!" message
||The server you are using does not
support server-side scaling.
You need to upgrade your server to one that includes server-side
scaling, such as the Ultr@VNC
server included in the binary distribution of Palm VNC 2.0.
Some clients support client-side scaling. The fact that
these clients may work with your server does not indicate
that the server has scaling extensions.
|The screen looks garbled (using a scale other than
||The most likely explanation is that your desktop
is set to 256 colours. The scaling extensions assume that the desktop
is in 15-bit colour or higher.
||Set your desktop to a higher colour depth to correct
|PalmVNC is slow
||The network bandwitdh (connection speed) is too low
||Use a faster connection. If you're using a GSM data
connection, consider switching to GPRS.
|The image being transmitted is
Reduce the complexity of the display. The following hints will
help to achieve this (in approximate order of effectiveness):
- Use a solid colour for your backdrop. Images or patterns
on your desktop slow down PalmVNC dramatically.
- Keep unused windows minimised. This will reduce the
amount of "background clutter" that has to be transmitted when
- Turn off "Smooth edges of screen fonts". Font smoothing
has no beneficial effect when viewing your desktop through PalmVNC.
In addition, font smoothing will reduce the readability
of the screen when using the scaling extensions.
- Set your titlebars to a single colour (Windows 98/2000
- Turn off "Show icons using all possible colors".
- Turn off all effect for menus and lists
|I need to pan around too much
||Desktop resolution is too high
||The best settings to use for the desktop is 800x600
and 32-bit colour. This will give you a reasonable panning
area and optimal server-side scaling performance.