2 points mwharri,
firstly there should be no need for a driver per se, for the monitor. It's the graphics card that you'd need to know mainly. The monitor is a dell you say, well if so then it's almost definitely something thats rebadged with the dell stuff.
If you have the paperwork that came with it - or you look it up on the web, for the horizontal and vertical specs, then you should be able to run the xorg config app (cant remember if the command is xorgconf or xorgconfigure). By doing that you would have the ability to manually apply the H and V freqs, plus the keyboard, the mouse (i.e. the stuff thats handled by the x server).
Also, redhat 9 is getting rather elderly. That was the stage when "they" made redhat proper and enterprise product and forked the "other" distro, which became fedora - the current version of which is fedora core 4 (I believe).
You can of course, continue down the redhat 9 route - your choice. I, would suggest that if you think it's specifically the redhat route that you are comfortable with, then fedora core 4 - because it's up to date with lots of bugfixes and other elements that will make your introduction to linux considerably smoother (hell you could probably manage a gentoo install if you don't mind following instructions and do lots of digging - but the learning curve would be a reversed 90 metre ski jump!).
My main point being, that it's probably better if you try an up to date distro, whether it's fedora, SuSE, mandriva etc etc. Because the initial experience is so much smoother.
You've managed too sort your windows, so if you can just organise that so that your hard drive has some unallocated space - I'd suggest that you started from scratch with one of the up to date ones - it should (theoretically) work fine with the defaults. Of course if your kit has some of the more up to date abilities i.e. SATA hdd, raid of some sort, then it may indeed take a little bit more effort to install.
My attitude is often opposite to lots of the so called "enthusiasts" - It's my belief that the inital "linux experience" should be enjoyable - and not some nightmare where you have to spend forever to learn about manual config of something.
The specs for your monitor can be found here
which tells me that it's pretty straight forward and you don't need to worry about the stuff thats on that "driver disc" you mentioned. you should be able to just run the configuration without any problems, just applying the relevant info where needed.
The only thing that my may have to look into a little is if your graphics card is nvidia or ATi based - both have proprietary drivers to get the best from them (I understand that that why nvidia cards are more popular - their linux support is superior to ATi). There are generic drivers that should get the system working OK though.
If you have a burner in the system then you can also download and burn the disc under windows (I used to use nero for that) - the only thing you would have to check is the "md5sum" of the download (the md5sum file is usually found with the distro download location - it's a small text file with a long number). Then install md5summer
and run it to get an md5sum from the downloaded iso file, and just compare it to the one in the text file - if they match, then burn the iso to CD (check the instructions for that - or web based ideas/suggestions for the settings for the software).
The specs for you monitor can then be "tweaked" to match how you like the view/size/res etc.
Hope that helps a little