Kernel compilation solved
Well, looks like my compilation problem was loose nut at the keyboard.
In the xconfig, under 'block devices' I had turned off "include IDE/ATA-2
disk devices" <thwapp -- sound of hand hitting forehead>. I looked at
this thing about 10 times and just didn't see it. Compiled, compiled
pcmcia, and booted up just fine.
Seems like this might be a candidate for a FAQ for this group. For
sure the "append apm=on" for standard kernel is.
Has anyone put together a FAQ file for here?
Now to wander off and see what other trouble I can get into....
Thanks, all, for the help.