Booting a newly compiled linux kernel

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http://unix.stackexchange.com – I have started reading the book Essential Linux Device Drivers. I am following the process for compiling and booting into a new kernel. However I am unable to boot into the newly compiled kernel - I select the new kernel in grub and then ..nothing...the screen just stays the same. Here are the steps I am taking, as described in the book (I am using kernel 2.6.24 as that is what the book is based on): cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.24 # the base dir of the kernel I downloaded make clean cp arch/x86/configs/i386_defconfig .config make bzImage cp arch/x86/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz The book says that: (HowTos)