at times the 2.6 kernel will solve some open issues.
yes tht is true, but since he is a newb, it is better to get a working linux, before struggling to compile kernel(if u use kernel shipped with slack -no struggling)
c for me i had a cd writter first(only one drive), while typing cdrecord -scanbus was showing errors, and i posted a thread and i got answer and the problem is resolved thus i came to know
some parameters can be put into kernel from lilo or any boot loader(scsi emulation) after tht i couldn't read any cd, so i need to invoke the reader in my device i need to create symlink etc.(play in /dev/ drive) so learned much.
tehn i found tht most of other distro defaultly give scsi emulation in "lilo or grub "