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Windows 8 VNC (and remotes) / HTPC


Dolphin

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So i've taken the plunge and installed Windows 8 on my HTPC that is connected to my main TV. The start screen really helps when sitting at a distance from the PC with the big icons for plex and netflix etc, the weather and other metro apps also help fill out the screen with nice info and images, the browser is better suited.. it's perfect...

....almost.

VNC is a bit of a nightmare, i had VNC server installed so i could use HippoRemote and connect to the box via a VNC client.

My MAIN problem is that the mouse does not move with my gestures or movement of remote mouse.. the pointer doesn't move.. The mouse is there, but since i can't see it i'm forced to guess where it's at.. it's not so bad on the start screen because tiles are highlighted as you move over them, but if i'm in an app or on the desktop it's almost impossible to use because i have no visual mouse pointer.

Can this be fixed at present?

I'd love to hear from people using W8 in a similar manner, how are you controlling it from your couch? Are there any other iOS apps? the best VNC server? Any help is appreciated, thanks :)

I downloaded an iOS app called windows 8 gesture pro or something but it's rubbish and not being updated since it hasnt been updated on iphone 5 and it crashes when i try to access the virtual keyboard
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

Mystere

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VNC has always been a terrible remote desktop system, remote desktop is much better.

I assume you're not using the Windows 8 Pro? so you can't use remote desktop?, but you can always use the "Remote Assistance" feature. You just have to initiate the remote assistance on your HTPC.

Another option is TeamViewer. It's free for personal use.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    CPU
    Intel i7 3770K
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z77X-UD4 TH
    Memory
    16GB DDR3 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTX 650
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Auria 27" IPS + 2x Samsung 23"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440 + 2x 2048x1152
    Hard Drives
    Corsair m4 256GB, 2 WD 2TB drives
    Case
    Antec SOLO II
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
    Mouse
    Logitech MX

strollin

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The problem is that the client software he is using (HippoRemote) on his iPhone or iPad won't work with Remote Desktop or TeamViewer, it apparently only connects to a VNC server.

Have you tried contacting tech support for HippoRemote?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home built i7-8700K, Toshiba Satellite S55-A Laptop, MS Surface Pro 3, Dell Inspiron 15 5000
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 2.4Ghz Core i7-3630QM, 1.9Ghz Core i5 4300U, 2.8Ghz Core i5 6200U
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, Toshiba, MS, Dell
    Memory
    16G, 12G, 4G, 8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 1050, Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2817Q 28", 15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 1366x768 (laptop)
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data on Desktop, 512GB ssd for laptop, 128GB SSD tablet, 500GB ssd laptop
    PSU
    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
    Cooling
    Coolermaster CM 212+
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
    Mouse
    Microsoft IntelliMouse
    Internet Speed
    120Mbps/6Mbps down/up
    Browser
    FireFox
    Antivirus
    MSE on desktop, Defender on laptop
    Other Info
    Retired after working in the tech industry for 41 years. First 10 years as a Technician, the rest as a programmer/software engineer. After 1 year of retirement, I was bored so went back to work as a Robotic Process Automation Consultant.