Use 2.6.12 or the latest stable version. 2.6.9 is old and permissions for CD/DVD recordable drives are set to restricted for users except by root.
To compile 2.6.x kernels:
1) make && make modules_install
2) Copy System.map to /boot
3) Copy bzImage from arch/i386/boot to /boot
4) Use mkinitrd to make a ramdisk file of the new kernel version (this is require)
5) Edit your boot loader config file
I configured and compiled the kernel so much that I can compile the kernel in my sleep.
Below are howto links. I prefer single page because it is a lot easier to read in a web browser.
Single Howto page on LVM - http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/doc...LVM-HOWTO.html
Multi Howto page on LVM - http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/LVM-HOWTO/index.html
I have not yet setup LVM, but I think I accidently enabled device mapper support while I was in REM sleep.