compiling kernel error - could not open loopback device
I've compiled the mandrake kernel 2.6.3-4mdk, and it ends up with errors - supermount seems to have loaded, but none of my drives (cdroms, floppy, other windows disk partitions) are mounting (I get a 'user denied' message even when I'm root), usb problems etc.
Obviously I've decided to recompile it again, however, on the "make install" command, the kernel fails to install saying it couln't open the 'loopback device'. I still have the original kernel, but compiling under it also gives the same error (also the ones mentioned above on bootup).
As a result, I also can't re-install any kernel through rpm. ... Is there a way to fix the 'loopback device' error or is there a workaround for this? I (fortunately?) still have the original kernel source files. Thanks in advance!