Display Issues or Black screen when I establish a remote session to a headless Windows PC?

Problem

It only shows a black screen when you try to establish a remote session to a headless Windows computer. Or, you see other display issues such as app windows showing blank or improperly, the Windows Start menu displaying tiny..

Could also apply if your monitor/display is powered off, or laptop lid is closed, thus simulating a headless computer.

This is not a common case and for most of the cases we could connect to a headless Windows computer without issue. However if you see this happens, please try the workarounds below.

 

Workaround - Virtual Display Driver

Please first make sure you're running Splashtop Streamer v3.3.4.0 or later.

  • On the streamer computer, go to this file path:
    • C:\Program Files (x86)\Splashtop\Splashtop Remote\Server\Driver\LciDisplay
  • Right-click "install_driver64.bat" (for 64-bit OS) or "install_driver.bat" (for 32-bit OS) and run as Administrator
  • Add registry key "VirtualDisplay"=DWORD:1 (1 to turn feature on and 0 to turn off) under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Splashtop Inc.\Splashtop Remote Server for Business\
  • Establish a remote session to the computer.
    • After installing the driver, it will create a virtual display when a remote session is established, named SP-DSP00. E.g., if remote system is a headless one, you will have one display; if it is dual-monitor system, there will be three.
    • The newly created display is with 720P resolution.
    • This should resolve the black screen issue when remote system is a headless one.
    • This should resolve the display issues when remote system is a headless one, i.e. blank windows.
    • If you wish to disable this virtual display, besides uninstalling the driver, you can change the value of the registry key  “VirtualDisplay” to turn on/off the driver.
      • 1=on, 0=off.
        (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Splashtop Inc.\Splashtop Remote Server for Business)

Workaround 2 - Mirror Driver

Please first make sure you're running Splashtop Streamer v3.0.8.2 or later.

  • Open the streamer UI
  • Go to the Advanced tab, scroll down to find the Install Mirror Driver button / Mirror screen capturing option.
  • Click the button to install
  • Reboot

 

Note:

There are two limitations when using Mirror driver. Please click into the link for more details.

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