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I just finally successfully compiled my first kernel, after many attempts and headaches. Here's what I did:
extracted linux-2.6.6.tar.bz2 to /usr/src to create directory linux-2.6.6
symlinked this to linux
ran make clean (because I had done this so many times already)
copied the kernel-126.96.36.199.config from previous kernel into linux-2.6.6 and named it .config
ran make oldconfig
just for kicks, ran make menuconfig and saved output
ran make - this took almost an hour, but finished. Yeah!
ran make modules_install - first time this worked!
ran make install - no problems
at the end of the last one, it mentioned having copied bZimage from one place to another, and I though I had read you could skip this step with the newer kernels, so I did not copy bZimage from anywhere.
After all that, I booted into runlevel 3 and re-installed my nvidia driver. Got the most recent one from the nvidia site. Install went as it alway does: no precompiled interface, it makes one for me, then it says somethign about the previous installation having been altered since it was installed, and finally it says complete. Okay, changed inittab back to runlevel 5, reboot.
Now, the isuue. When I boot, it goes through everything fine 9except the nvidia driver still doesn't load, says FAILED, but this never stopped the boot before), and right when it tries to go to the graphical login screen it gets messed up. By messed up I mean it just toggles back and forth from completely black unlit screen to black lit screen, with little clicks from the relay in the monitor. I checked /var/log/messages, and here's what I found:
Jun 10 21:38:32 localhost kdm_config: Unrecognized section name [Desktop0] at /usr/share/config/kdm/kdmrc:42
Jun 10 21:38:32 localhost kdm_config: Unrecognized key 'SessionTypes' in section [X*Greeter] at /usr/share/config/kdm/kdmrc:266
Jun 10 21:38:32 localhost kdm: :0: IO Error in XOpenDisplay
Jun 10 21:38:32 localhost kdm: X server for display :0 terminated unexpectedly
Jun 10 21:38:32 localhost kdm: Display :0 cannot be opened
Jun 10 21:38:32 localhost kdm: Unable to fire up local display :0; disabling
So, can anybody tell me what that is all about, and how the heck I fix it? Currently, all I can do is boot into runlevel 3. I started sshd (I'm at work now) so that I can get whatever other info from it you may need.
Please help, I'll really want my GUI back when I get home!!