Interesting. Does you conf file for grub list the initrd options to pass during boot? Should be under /boot/grub and then the applicable file depending on your version of grub. Some have a grub.conf file if I am not mistaken and the others have a menu.lst file I think...haven't worked with Grub a ton.
I am a bit confused though as you mention you got the kernel sources from kernel.org, but you used dpkg and kpkg. It would seem logical that you would only use those tools if you were installing a kernel the debian way. Which in that case, you wouldn't use the sources from kernel.org. I myself don't run a 2.4 kernel anymore, so it might be you went this route because you could not find the kernel sources you needed through apt. But if you could, and could install the kernel the Debian way using apt, I bet your troubles would go away.
You could, if you wanted, change over to your old kernel source directory and copy the .config file and do a make old.
Last edited by Clark Bent; 03-14-2005 at 08:39 PM.