Thank you fskmh
I had overlooked completing the lilo update with /sbin/lilo (that is now working [I am glad that I didn't outright overwrite the original kernel; the one i compiled hung my system])
I had thought that using /etc/rc.d/rc.modules was not required unless I had intended to use modules, though I have added the /sbin/modprobe additions to the correct area and now the sound works great upon reboot. (though it is still required that I bring up the sound mixer first before the sound is heard [I will have to read more on this]).
So now everything appears to be working just fine, though now I am totally confused (I plan on reading more on what is going on in the background, but any quick explanations would be appreciated).
Anyway if anyone is bored feel free to answer, otherwise I am bound to find the answers on my own
1. I recompiled the kernel, and the kernel turned out to be bloated and bad enough to hang upon boot. I had only enabled one feature when in the make xconfig
(some toshiba suport), leaving everything else at default... then recompiled and ending up with something that wouldn't fit on a floppy
I had assumed the defaults were what was already in the kernel, are my assumptions incorrect?
2. It seems that just updating the /etc/rc.d/rc.modules with the /sbin/modprobe xxx all worked well... though am I loading a module <since I never created a module?>?
3. Since my compiled kernel came out to be non-usable where exactly or how exactly can I load my sound so that it is in the kernel? I had not previously seen it when using make config
4. Even though the sound works, I have no idea why... I have a feeling that I am just calling /sbin/modprobe during the boot to load the sound... is this what a module does? how does the kernel do it differently?
5. What can I do to not have to open my sound mixer so that i can get the sounds that are in the sound mixer? Is this something else that I need to specify somewhere?
... alright, well here I am in the fog and am reading as I get along hopefully finding answers. Thanks to those who can throw me a light however small