5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 22, 2013 9:38 AM by luannefromsuffolk
CarlosDanger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My MacBook Pro video card went bad, so I've been using Mocha VNC on my iPad to use it. When trying to get screen sharing to work with another computer, I changed the screen sharing "Computer settings…" from "VNC users can control the screen with this password" to "Anyone may request permission to control the screen." I thought this would allow me to access without a password, but as soon as I did this, existing connection closed and I can't get back in. VNC tells me that that this security type is not supported and that I need to specify a password. When I try to login with User and Password of the machine specified and no VNC password, it tells me I have the wrong password, even though I know it is correct. Terminal ssh and telnet connections are refused.

 

I have a time machine backup, but when I use another computer to browse it, it thinks I want to restore files to it and I can't find the preferences for that user.

 

Is there another way to get into the computer? I can see it on my network and have the admin user and password. I can also access it via Target Disk Mode.

 

Thanks in advance for any help.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: Accessing MacBook Pro on My Network with Dead Video Card
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)
    but when I use another computer to browse it, it thinks I want to restore files

     

    If the other computer is a Mac, you can access the MacBrook Pro via Target Disk Mode and set it as the Startup Drive.

     

    You've provided no information about your immediate plans. Are you going to repair the MacBook Pro or are you going to scrap it? If the latter, you can remove the HD and buy an enclosure for it.

  • 2. Re: Accessing MacBook Pro on My Network with Dead Video Card
    CarlosDanger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can start up my Macbook Pro from the current system fine, but can't see the display because the video card is dead. I can see the hard drive in target disk mode on my second Mac, but don't know how I'd access the system settings in that mode. I might trash the system preferences, but I think the default has screen sharing off.

     

    Immediately I'd like to reset the preferences and be able to use it with VNC before it screwed up the settings. My intermediate plans would be to migrate the most of my data to another mac and use it as a file server.

  • 3. Re: Accessing MacBook Pro on My Network with Dead Video Card
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    I wasn't talking about starting up your MacBook Pro the normal way. I was talking about starting it up in Target Disk mode, hooking it up to your other Mac and then selecting the MacBook Pro as your startup drive in the other Mac's System Preferences Startup Disk.

  • 4. Re: Accessing MacBook Pro on My Network with Dead Video Card
    CarlosDanger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for spelling it out for me; I'm kind of thick sometimes. It worked great! Brilliant! Thank you so much for your help.

  • 5. Re: Accessing MacBook Pro on My Network with Dead Video Card
    luannefromsuffolk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am in the same situation.  Macbook Pro graphics card is kaput and Apple says they can't fix it because it's 'vintage'.  We'll probably end up replacing it because I'm sure the repair cost is going to be outrageous if I can even find anyone to repair it.  I'd like to access the hard drive from my iMac to retrieve some files.  The Macbook Pro is my husband's and we've been backing it up using Time Machine.  Apparently, he wasn't paying attention because the backups only go to 6/28/13 so he's short about 2 months of data.  Is there anyplace I can find step by step instructions for connecting the MBP to my iMac to retrieve the data?  I'm a newbie at doing anything like that and I sure don't want to make matters worse.  Thanks, in advance.