Many problems with what/how you are doing things.
1) Red Hat 9 is 6 or more years old. If you like it, you should upgrade to Fedora Core 4, which is the current (free) version of linux from the same makers as Red Hat 9.
2) Don't run as root. Root should only be used for system administration. Running as full time root opens so many security holes it isn't funny. Part of the problem with browser hijacks in Win* world is that anything you do as administrator sticks on the entire system. The same is true in linux, except that next to nobody runs as root. Create a user account, and run as that. By doing so, the worst you can do is screw up your personal files, yet the system itself stays pristine.
I'm actually suprised that you can log in as root in a graphical enviornment, most distros block that ability.
3) There are multiple media players in linux, all of which can play wav files off the CD without ripping the music. What you most likely need to do is mount the CD to the system. Google or search here for how to do so.