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You cannot run a graphics mode player in text mode. You have to have the Xserver running for you to enable running graphical programs. When you start XServer, the DISPLAY variable is automatically set.
Distribution: Solaris 10, Solaris 8.0, Fedora Core 3
You can set the display variable $DISPLAY in your .profile file in your home directory. The name may differ depending what shell your using. I use bash so for me its .bash_profile.
Try adding this: