Using Ubuntu 19.04, I can only use the built-in screen sharing (vino) when a monitor is connected. I can successfully connect even without a monitor connected, but the screen isn't updated (ie I see the screen as it was the moment I disconnected the monitor.

How do I solve this?

  • Isn't vino just a screen sharing program? If you want remote access without a monitor being attached don't you need a different program like SSH (secure Shell)
    – graham
    Aug 1, 2019 at 6:13
  • I have ssh working, I'd like screen sharing as well
    – Grav
    Aug 1, 2019 at 6:20
  • Wil this link help - adding a fake display? askubuntu.com/questions/453109/…
    – graham
    Aug 1, 2019 at 6:23
  • Nope, it breaks X completely. Also it's not exactly the same issue - I actually can connect to vino, the screen just isn't updated.
    – Grav
    Aug 1, 2019 at 10:04

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It doesn't feel like the most elegant solution but this issue was solved for me by one of those HDMI dummy plugs which emulates a connected screen. They can be picked up for about $10.

I've found the wide range of resolutions they spoof to be handy.

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