Why did you download Red Hat 9?
How about the more up-to-date Red Hat--Fedora Core 4?
I'm not trying to be obnoxious. It's just that a lot of newbies download Red Hat, then complain when it can't do stuff that more modern versions can do. Newer versions of distros tend to have better and easier ways to install software, better hardware detection, and more graphical tools for installation and partitioning.
You can also try Blag, which is a one-CD distro based on Fedora.