Re: FX 5200 + Debian Etch won't work for me.
Looking at the newer HOWTO you may be right, but the last time I built a kernel was for 2.2.x. These days, the supplied kernels seem to do everything needed out of the box.
I'm really not convinced it's the kernel at fault here though or many others would be having the same problems. If it's going to be so much bother I'll revert back to the 440MX until I can pick up a cheap equivalent ATI card.