I don't quite understand your problem, but I assume it's something with fresh installation.
I recommend you do hot start installation. In zip package you got from us there is one zip ending like this: ...hot_start.zip . Copy content of that archive to your web root folder. Browse your base link to start installation. remember to click on "Install Sample Data".
I have the same problem (running Joomla! 2.5.4). Nor do modules appear if placed in positions: Left, Right, Top, Footer or Bottom. Position 2 knocks the whole template out of line and Position 7 seems to be 'Left'
Can you confirm that Hot Relief is in fact Joomla 2.5 compatible please?