what a time to get this thing up again . steps I took .
1. Reformated the hard drive
2. installed ms-dos v.6.22
Could not see the linux partition there for couldn't delete what it didnt see
3. found this info for debugging the hd
followed the instructions and did the debug , which seemed to restore the hd to the original state
4. fresh install of redhat 9
5. installed with text installation
7. im pretty happy
8.lets all dance
Thanks you Jailbait for you help . Even though it didn't solve my problem it gave me some insite on linux and how to input commands .