It just seems there should reasonably be something like this considering so many folks run *nix on laptops and laptops have such consistent hardware sets. At a guess I'd imagine there's likely in the ~1000-2000 range of hardware combinations making up ~85% of laptops in current use (this is completely random guess off the top of my head).
That said, does anyone know of any sites where people share their precompiled kernels or .configs? I used to meddle them up myself; but that was ~10 years ago and I don't frankly want the headache of getting my hardware working myself. Would be awesome if I could just go to a website, start selecting hardware my machine has and it filters down to other peoples shared .config files, or I could just put in my laptop's model number and it finds someone elses posted .config who had the same.
On a side note, yes the common default kernels distros come with seem to work fine on my laptop, but I'm struggling to get the ATI drivers working correctly (I understand I need to remove DRI/KMS and stand on my head while doing some other things; so far I've managed to boot to a black screen in my latest kernel recompile attempt) but it seems somebody else has probably wrestled this into submission on their machine, and their should be a site they can share it in a more concrete form than tutorial.