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I have tried to compile the 2.6.9 kernel on the default Slack 10 install 4 times now, and no success. And it always goes wrong at the same spot. Everything goes fine until I restart and boot the new kernel, after it gets past lilo it just sits there. I have tried a bunch of different tutorials, all to no avail. Anyone got any suggestions??
maybe first try to configure it with your oldconfig, it should be in /boot/ somewhere, you can get it through /proc as well. Copy it to /usr/src/linux/.config and run 'make oldconfig' from that directory. Then you should have a kernel that certainly works. After that, you could try to remove some stuff, and try again. This usually is a good way to slim it down without to much problems.
Once you have a reasonable config, you can use it the next time with 'make oldconfig'.
A basic thing to check is set vga=normal in lilo.conf and run lilo, then boot
(often, the 2.6 kernel boot fine but you just don't see any output on screen du to a
framebuffer setting not set in config, so vga=normal does fix it)
The 2 other things I would check is if the filesystem of the root partition and the drive
controler driver are enabled as built-in.