compatibility: kernel & bins/binutils/ and others

First, my problem:
    I got slackware4.0.  When I compile the kernel 2.2.6, it seems to have problem with my IDE drive.  After mailing this to the IDE development person, he wanted me to try latest kernel.  However, I don't know if I have to change anything other than the kernel. (I mean, will  it work if I change ONLY the kernel, or should I change bin, binutils, .. also.

Now, generally I have this question:
      We know that some kernels must go with some version of bin, binutil, ...  

The question is:
     where can I found which kernel goes with which bin, binutils, .. etc.?  I have checked www.kernel.org  It seems to contain only the kernel download...  Where could be the official home pages for these informations?  (I thought it should be www.kernel.org...)

     Indirect answers (such as referring me some web pages or books, or any other sources for this question) are welcomed.
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themCommented:
Switch to the latest 2.2.14 (latest as far as I know) kernel. There has not been a change in the in, binutils, .. for the 2.2.x series of kernels.

If you were running a 2.0.x kernel then you would be in for some pain.
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gruseCommented:
If in doubt, have a look at http://kernelnotes.org

From what I found in various "Changes" files, you are
probably safe. Only upgrades from other kernel versions
(i.e. 2.0 -> 2.1, 2.0 ->2.2 etc.) are painful, as them stated.
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