I'm sorry the suggestion didn't work. If you use the linux rescue mode to make the change to the config file however, I'm pretty sure you'll be up and running. Using Fedora is better, but you can upgrade to it at any time from RH9 as well.
Editing config files by hand will become very important to you, and is not as daunting as it might sound at first.
Here's one tutorial that could help you get started.
If you do use linux rescue mode on the cd, you'll be prompted to enter a command to 'chroot' into the linux install on your harddisk. You should do this command. Then edit the file.