I would like to recompile the kernel of my 64 bit Mandriva 2006 (upgraded from 2005). Since this seems a difficult task, I thought I should first compile it with the default settings and see if it works. Afterwards I could then make small modifications to the configuration and compile every time to check that I'm doing the right thing. Unfortunately after compiling with the default settings, the computer froze even before it started loading services(during the first seconds, when it checks the BIOS I think). I have also tried to change the configuration as good as I could and the result was that it booted this time, with lots of error messages, but it couldn't start the ksmserver(which is normal I guess since I probably screw up some options).
To do the compilation I was guided by:
I would like to know if it's normal to get a bad kernel from compiling with the default settings.(although I have no problems with the kernel that came with the upgrade)