Well configuring ur own kernel is a bit of a mission but its great to do as a beginner, you learn heaps about your computer... even if it dosnt work for you (and you will be lucky if it works first time).
There are many manuals on the internet (google is you friend) and I am not about to even start to explain it here, i will be here for an hour.
Dont let that scare you off... give it a go, ur computer will run heaps better with only the things _you_ want it to have.
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if u have any problems, i should be able to halp.
Any1 out there know of a good kernel configuration mini-howto?