Ed, I was once told this, and feel it necessary to pass on
If you don't have a constructive, or at least semi-helpful response, you may want to hold off on replying until someone who does has had the opportunity to view it. Many people come here and look for threads with 0 replies. When you reply with "Sounds like a good idea" you have just reduced the chances of this thread being seen by at least 50%. You may consider not doing that, or at least waiting until the constructive reply has been given, then following up with, "that'd sure be nice".
I suggest you look into "make oldconfig" as one option. This will make the kernel from an old config file.
However, something that would make a kernel from the current hardware configuration just from scratch would be revolutionary. I am not saying it doesn't exist, but that'd sure be the best thing for newbies since burning iso's
I would also suggest you look at maybe your current hardware with things like:
To see current hardware info.
And the loaded modules with:
And that might help you to see what's being loaded to make your system work.
Also I see you run Mandrake, I think there is a gui tool to help with kernel config, this might be able to do such a thing as you are looking for, search around in the Mandrake Control Center to see if this exists