"screen" program dies

I am trying to run "screen" (3.7.1) on a linux notebook. (redhat 4.1, kernel 2.0.27)
I start on a terminal called /dev/tty1.  (note: there is no /dev/pty1)
It takes quite a while to start, then the welcome message is displayed, then "screen" quits.
Onthe other hand, in an Xterminal (on /dev/ttyp0, for example), screenhas no problems.
How can I run "screen" without starting X?   For example, can I change the console's tty from /dev/tty1 to /dev/ttyp1?
goldstrnAsked:
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feenixCommented:
Get a older version of screen. For example, RedHat 3.0.3's
screen works just fine, 4.0/4.1's screen hasn't been operational
in any machine that I'm aware of.

Of course, there should be some solution other than to use old
software...
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goldstrnAuthor Commented:
Right....
I meanwhile found out that screen will work if before compiling
I modify the config file, replacing the string that gives
possibly tty numbers from "...xyz01" to "...xyz"
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