The ATI Radeon How-to at http://www.gmpf.de/english/
The ATI Radeon Linux How-to at http://www.rage3d.com/content/articles/atilinuxhowto/.
The patches mentioned can be found on the Rage3D forums at http://rage3d.com/board/showthread.p...adid=33730800.
Some tips can be found on the Waikato Linux Users Group Wiki at http://www.wlug.org.nz/RadeonNotes
and a How-to/FAQ for Gentoo users (and others) can be found at http://odin.prohosting.com/wedge01/g...adeon-faq.html
Hope these links help. Your problem (most likely) is that your kernel is not set up correctly-- that's the first thing I would check if I was you.
I have a AIW 9800SE, and I have gotten the fglrx drivers working with HW acceleration under Mandrake 9.2, Slackware 9.1 and now Gentoo, so I feel your pain, but it can work. Hang in there.