Drop Red Hat and install SuSE 9.1...
It's just a user friendly, actually more-so in my opion, and hardware detection is fantastic. I highly recommend it as Red Hat is End of Lifed which mean you don't get any security udates and the like. SuSE is now owned by Novell, and is a very well-known and well-supported distro. You can download the ISO image for 9.1 Personal from the website at www.suse.com/us
It also defaults with the 2.6.5 kernel (much newer than 2.4)
BTW - I am running SuSE 9.1 on my HP Pavilion notebook andEVERYTHING worked from the get-go, including my wireless networking!!