... you rang?
actually, i was away for a few days. but i'm back now.
you mean the redhat install cd hangs, before you get into any actual setup/installation? it's the same as with the other ones like mandrake and suse; there's something weird about the way sager builds their laptops. not to say that it's bad, it just makes it a bit more of a hassle for non-windows users.
honestly, i really don't know what kernel options you have to pass to get red hat working. i don't even know what options there are. it's been years since i've installed a binary distro. however, i'm downloading the rh9 iso now and i'll load it up in vmware and check out the install cd's kernel boot options. (it won't emulate the firewire problem, but i can at least see what kernel options could possibly be useful.)
... or did i misinterpret your problem?