of course I've reran /sbin/lilo when recompiled... still got that error.
Not sure why one day, the kernel which ran fine for weeks (unmodified since that first recompile) would decide to crap on me.
Tomorow, I'l regive a try but htis time, delete the old config. select from scratch, compile, and see how it goes. Hopefully, Tuesday is a better day to use linux than monday!