when red hat is loading it does the filesystem check because I keep shutting it down improperly.
Don't keep doing that or you may have worse problems soon.
If you are using the grub menu, highligt the linux entry.
Highlight the line with kernel information and type: e
Go to the end of that line and space over once, then type: init 1
and press enter
Now type: b
to boot up in level one ( init 1 ) . That should get you to a command line and logged in as root user.
for older Redhat versions.
For newer versions like FC3, use the command: system-config-display .
That should give you an opportunity to select the proper monitor and video card settings.
When you are done, you can use the command: init 5
to get into the normal gui mode.