I agree, you may want to use the more up to date Fedora or Centos for security reasons if nothing else. Years ago before Fedora, I had to install rh9 on what was then brand new Gateway computers. in a school computer lab. I had to boot in the command line mode and dl the source for drivers such as nvidia and recompile them for the kernal. I finally had it working, but what a challenge especially for a linux newbie like me. I am sure it would be even more fun now to set up rh9.
Fedora now has a live cd, so you can test your hardware without installing it. if all goes well, you can then install Fedora with a push of a button. http://fedoraproject.org/