Found syslog and messages...nothing about kern.log though. Here's a snippet of my syslog log that may/may not help...it really doesn't give much any more details than that.
Mar 16 00:05:51 linux kernel: EXT3-fs warning: mounting fs with errors, running e2fsck is recommended
Mar 16 00:05:52 linux kernel: shpchp: shpc_init : shpc_cap_offset == 0
Mar 16 00:05:52 linux insmod: /lib/modules/2.4.29/kernel/drivers/hotplug/shpchp.o.gz: init_module: No such device
Mar 16 00:05:52 linux insmod: /lib/modules/2.4.29/kernel/drivers/hotplug/shpchp.o.gz: Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters. You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
I don't know if you all can decipher it or not. I know at bootup it tells me what filesystem/mountpoint and everything.