like i said in the other post, you kernel is only one of the things that could be wrong.
before you re-compile, perform the tasks i asked of you...
like unplugging the modem, plugging it back in, then loking in 'dmesg' to see if linux noticed the bacle modem had gone, then come back.. if it did notice, the kernel is fine.
you seem to be quoting me...
what i meant when i said that, is that my slackware10 works with the same modem... However, having never used the origonal kernel, im not sure if it supports it... however, it might.
it may be a simple configureation error.
when you installed slack, did you choose to confiure the network ? if not, you will need to do it by hand now... which is eeeasy !
getting you modem to work is reeealy easy... but there are 2 possible problems, before i am sure of which if the problem (configureation or kernel) im not going to waste time and confuse you by typing out both solutions.