The kernel doesn't run ??
If you have invoked kernel compile with
then also make modules_install is invoked automatically.
Well there are additional steps after you have finished compileing the kernel.
1) Copy the compressed Image to /boot
2) Copy System.map to /boot
3) Make an initial ram disk for the kernel
4) Edit your grub.conf or lilo
This can be accomplished automatically by invoking make install at the end of make. So:
cd into /boot
and make sure vmlinuz-2.6.7
If initrd.img-2.6.7 is *not* there, then create it by
mkinitrd initrd.img-2.6.7 2.6.7
6) select the kernel from the menu
You may also take a look on:
There is a section describing what to do.