Ok... I am up on 2.4.24 now.. What did I do? Well.. I noticed that the 'Kernel Development' rpms were not installed on this laptop so I installed them. Now, keep in mind that I checked the Documentation/Changes file and had all of the minimums listed in that file, but who knows, maybe there is something else that is required that was installed when I installed the Kernel Dev packages.
Oh well.. if anyone else has the same problem, check to see the Kernel Dev packages are installed.
Over and Out,