Okay, firstly, what kind of modem is it and what drivers (modules) did you get?
Also, did you try to install it before you downloaded the drivers (i.e. modprobe <modulename>
)? Pretty much any kind of hardware install is going to require you to be logged in as root. Before you go back to winders, remember that if you don't like RedHat, there's MANY more distributions you can try out. Also, before you go back to winders, remember that Linux is NOT windows, and never will be and that things are done differently--just be patient. You've come to the right place for help.
Anyway, post the modem name, and modules that you downloaded and we'll see what we can do from there. Hopefully it isn't a Winmodem--but if it is, hopefully it's one we can work with anyway.