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So, I recently deployed an Appium server on a physical dl320 so we can automate our mobile app development. I am using an older version of KVM that only allows one console connection at a time. This is not going to fly, as I need to use it and ill have a QA team connecting in.

It's been a while but after a bit of research, it seems that RDP between windows / Linux is possible. I decided to go with tigerVNC and XRDP, both opensource tools. The setup was easy and I got connected in no time.

The problem is that when I try to start android studio, the GUI windows are white and unusable.

Does anyone know a work around?

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So after a bit of trial and error, I discovered that tigerVNC has nothing to do with the setup. What the issue is related to is the colour bit depth set in XRDP config file.

To fix:

sudo vim /etc/xrdp/sesman.ini

add the following lines:

param=-depth
param=24

at the end of the following section:

[Xvnc]

The final section should look like:

[Xvnc]
param=Xvnc
param=-bs
param=-nolisten
param=tcp
param=-localhost
param=-dpi
param=96
param=-depth
param=24

Now RDP from windows to linux is flawless and has enough resolution to actually view the emulators.

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