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I don't use redhat so don't know the specifics of it. However the configuration file, httpd.conf , has to be there somewhere. If you haven't already, try looking through it. I don't think apache refuses remote connections by default but it can be configured to, and distros sometimes change defaults to what they think is best. Can't hurt to have a look.
Make sure your /etc/hosts file is setup correctly. I went round-and-round with Apache in RH9 with almost the same problems you're having. My hostname had to resolve to localhost, but the hostname.domainname had to resolve to the external IP address or I got 404 from anywhere outside "localhost"... Whatever hostname.domainname you use should also be present in the apache config.
I also remember the situating changing with Apache verision. that is, with the old verision the whole host.domainname had to resolve to localhost, but that broke Apache completely after an upgrade.
Sorry I'm spotty with the details, but it was a while ago and I don't have the hosts file handy to see what I ultimately did... Hope this helps though.