I found the problem MasterC. It was in lilo.conf. I had to change the default framebuffer back to 'normal' and my new kernel now boots. However, I am wondering why it's not supporting the selection of a different video mode as my old kernel would. I compiled in 'video mode selection'.
P.S. Upon trying to recompile my NVIDIA drivers in the NVIDIA_kernel directory, which usually has to be done after I recompile, using 'make install' I get 'depmod ... something failed in lib/modules/video/nivid.. something ... I may need to compile in Nvidia support into the kernel. Would not having NVIDIA compiled in
have something to do with why I can't select different framebuffer video modes out of X?
Also 'depmod -a' gives me>
depmod: *** Unresolved symbols in /lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/video/nvidia.o