ekey... (sorry for my english)
it's no use of such cpu info "P IV 1.5 Ghz and 256 MB ram"
better say which kernel gcc irda-utils and describe your irda dongle
if irda dongle is ma-620 i will help u if other we can find some difficulties.
i got my ma-620 workin' with rh9, but i had to compile 2.6.7* kernel and
irda-utils 0.9.17-pre3 , made up and down scripts and it works.
gnokii communicates with my nokia 6610 fine.