All worked well when I was doing this on 8.10

Have a cli system running the framebuffer and use directvnc to remote to an XP VM (Virtualbox) and my gui server (Xubuntu 9.04) when running.

I get the desktop fine on both remote setups, and the mouse does work, but there is no icon, so I have to "guess" where it is. I have tried this on two differnet machines, both running xubuntu 9.04 and get the same problem. There doesn't appear to be any setting changes for directvnc that make any difference. Any suggestions?