thomas-linuxing, your last post has nothing to do with the question. It's certainly fine to plug your favorite distro, but how does telling someone to install ubuntu then change to another in any way help them with their problem? Also, though it doesn't bother me, the very first rule found on http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/rules.html
clearly states, "Do not post any messages that are obscene".
Now that the housecleaning has been attended to, zo27, as Emerson wrote, red hat 7.1 was released in 2001. That makes it ancient by linux standards. Most of the hardware on your machine probably didn't even exist at the time it was made. After redhat 7.1, they advanced to redhat 9, then changed names to fedora core, and now fedora core 6 is out. So there have literally been 10 versions (counting 7.3, 7.2) since 7.1. I strongly suggest you try some new distro, and it should install the previously mentioned grub boot loader, which will allow you to load whatever linux you choose or windows.