Originally Posted by masonm
Don't count on Grub correctly editing the boot menu after installing a new kernel. Do yourself a huge favor and double check it. Also rename your working kernel to something like vmlinuzold or something and make an entry in the menu.lst for it just in case your newly compiled kernel doesn't work. Will save you a lot of headaches.
True, I have this in my /etc/kernel-img.conf
#postinst_hook = /sbin/update-grub
#postrm_hook = /sbin/update-grub
I prefer to do it myself, quite critical task to update menu.lst and its easy to do_it_yourself, much harder to make it automatic.
For the OP, I guess your card was not supported when sarge went out. Still worth checking (modprobe <driver> followed by tail /var/log/messages)
Otherwise, you don't really need to recompile your kernel, you can get the kernel-headers, the wireless extensions and dl the driver (or also dl the exact same kernel source, put it in the right place but not recompile it)
Highly depends on the card. I would suggest looking at the card support forums or ask again in the forum wireless on LQ.