First download latest linux kernel from kernel.org. At the time of writing 2.6.18 kernel is released. Downlaod linux-2.6.18.tar.gz file. Extract this using tar zxvf linux-2.6.18.tar.gz. This will extract all files in foler linux-2.6.18. cd to this foler.
Now u have to configure kernel for your system. To configure kernel run
This command will open an window. In this select/deselect option for ur system. Deselect all other driver for devices that you don't have and select only those devices that u have.
For example if u have intel motherboard, then in audio driver enable only intel driver and disale all other sound card drivers.
After completing configuration save and exit.
This will build kernel for ur system.
This will build kernel modules for ur system. Now install modules using
And finally install kernel bu running command
This will also update ur bootloader (if grub) entries. Now reboot into newly build kernel.
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