Urgent help : Couldn't initialize SDL: No available video device

Hello everyone,

I encountered the following problem after download and compiling SDL
sources. I am pretty new to development on Linux and do not have much
system knowledge.

From ./configure see the following excerpt

checking for X… no
checking for framebuffer console support… yes
checking for directfb-config… no
checking for pkg-config… /usr/bin/pkg-config
checking for DirectFB 0.9.15 support… no
checking for PlayStation 2 GS support… no
checking for SVGAlib (1.4.0+) support… no
checking for libVGL support… no
checking for wscons support… no
checking for OpenGL (GLX) support… no

The above says its has framebuffer support so I should be able to run
SDL. I set the SDL_VIDEODRIVER=fbcon and I tried and no sucess same

Before the above, i was trying randomly with anything I was finding on
google that is setting the display, setting the SDl_VIDEODRIVER to
different values.

The output of xdpyinfo is:
name of display: :0.0
version number: 11.0
vendor string: The XFree86 Project, Inc
vendor release number: 40300000
XFree86 version: 4.3.0
maximum request size: 4194300 bytes
motion buffer size: 256
bitmap unit, bit order, padding: 32, LSBFirst, 32
image byte order: LSBFirst
number of supported pixmap formats: 7

Lot of postings on lists suggested to install X11 libraries and header
files, but I dont know how to go about it and from where to obtain the

I have red hat linux 2.4.21-20.ELsmp installed.

Thanks a lot for your time and help.