Steve and Cuomei,
Your suggestions might be the answer to my problem. However in my haste, I already re-installed it before reading the forum again. I think the problem is because I installed the kernel in hdc, then later on my friend installed grub, but in hda. There are 2 hard disks, hda and hdc.
This is the only CD that my friend has, but yes we definitely will keep up with the latest version. I actually thought RedHat 9 was the newest version.