What happens if you boot Red Hat Linux 9 (by appending some options to the Linux kernel in the GRUB boot menu) with the following options :
This command changes how the suspend service is handled (and may be necessary for some laptops).
This command disables APM (Advanced Power Management). It useful because some BIOSes have buggy power management (APM) and tend to crash.
This command makes Red Hat Linux shutdown (power off) the system by default. It is useful for SMP systems that do not shutdown by default.
Some BIOSes crash when trying to shutdown (power off) the machine. This command changes the method of how this is done from the Windows NT way to the Windows 95 way.