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I have Slack 9 install. It says that the cpu is set at a 486 in and I want to recompile (or something) the kernel for an athalon. I tried to recompile the kernel from source about 20 times and got error after error. I had to restore from my backup quite a few times, to get X working. Is there a way to set the kernel cpu settings to an athalon. When compile a program from source it seems like it takes forever compared to when I had Slack 8.1 installed.
What specific errors did u get? I've recompiled my kernel countless times and had little problems... In fact most of my problems was due to not reading the options properly.
You should find a config-ide-kernel.version file in /boot. You can use that file as a basis for your recompile by copying it to your kernel source dir (usually /usr/src/linux) after running make mrproper.
See if there is a hidden .config file in the /boot directory.
If there is you can load the .config configuration when running
make xconfig. This will contain the options you started with. Using it as a starting point change the architecture for the CPU and give that a try.
If there is a /boot directory on the install cd, try looking there for a config or .config file.