We have a mac with a broken graphicscard (Lots of stripes etc.)

Is there some way to run it remotely without being disturbed by the graphics card?

This is a iMac G5 (PowerPC with everything in the screen).

The question is more for apps than the whole desktop.


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Screen Sharing can be enabled via the terminal : sudo sh -c "/bin/echo -n enabled > /Library/Preferences/com.apple.ScreenSharing.launchd"

I have had the AppleVNC service freak out because it couldn't determine the clients screen resolution.


Enable Desktop Sharing and use a VNC client to connect to it.

The VNC client built into OS X itself is very good and give good updates, so use that if you use another Mac for this.

  • Takk I have tried with Teamviewer (from Windows), and we still had the stripes. Is using VNC or doing it from a Mac somehow different.
    – Olav
    Nov 29, 2012 at 12:42
  • Yes. You need to use Desktop Sharing. Nov 29, 2012 at 13:08
  • I also see the graphics card problems remotely :-(
    – Olav
    Nov 29, 2012 at 22:45
  • Interesting. I would guess it is a software problem and not a hardware problem, then. Can you boot of the installation media and see if the problem persists? Nov 30, 2012 at 15:25
  • Its a kind of problem common in G5, related to damages to the graphics card:
    – Olav
    Nov 30, 2012 at 17:36

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