i just upgraded from 2.4.22 to 2.6.2 on my slack 9.1 laptop. i noticed this same thing when i upgraded to 2.6.0 on my desktop last week, but didnt think anything of it at the time.
why, after i compile a kernel and choose to load some things as modules, do none of my modules start ? when i did make modules it had a ton of listings, but when i start and notice my network doesnt work, i do lsmod, and it shows that there are no modules loaded.
btw - i checked the /lib/modules/2.6.2 dir, and the modules for my network card and sound are there, so if nothing else, those two should be loading...