Ubuntu – XRDP Gray Screen, Tried Everything


After a couple days of searching for solutions, I still cannot get a proper RDP connection fron Windows 7 to Ubuntu Desktop 13.10 (or 14.04). When I use RDP in Windows, it will connect to my Ubuntu box just fine, but I get a gray/black pixel screen with an "X" for a cursor.

Here's what I've tried so far (in both 13.10 and 14.04)

  • Created .xsession file to use gnome-2d

  • Installed xfce4 and updated .xsession file to use that

  • I did indeed restart xrdp after any change to the .xsession file

  • Modified startwm.sh to point to the location of the .xsession file

  • chmod 755 .xsession file so it's executable

  • Updated nvidia drivers

I'm at a loss as to what's going on. I was able to use x11vnc to take control of the Ubuntu machine, but I'm trying to create an actual remote session from Windows, and not just take control.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I've been searching around for a solution, and so far any other people who've encountered this, their solution has not been successful for me.

Best Answer

OK so taking a quick break and finding a slightly different set of instructions allowed me to get this working! (FYI I did a clean install of 14.04 first)

Here's the link to the step-by-step instructions: http://c-nergy.be/blog/?p=5305

The two differences in these instructions were:

  1. Before installing xfce4, running an update
  2. The .xsession file was simply xfce4-session

I still can't get gnome-2d to work, but for the time being, I'm just happy I can create a remote session to my linux machine without actually taking control of it!

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