I got a radeon 8500 yesterday via UPS and it was about 100 degrees out (this could play a part, so read on). I uninstalled my geforce 2 and installed the R8500. I first noticed with certain items of text there was corruption, and when I opened the start menu i noticed corruption as well. Not until did I move my mouse over the items did they get fixed - odd? I sort of blew it off and went into the display properties and fooled around with some of the options for OpenGL and D3D. I then went to try out Q3A. It started up all nice and I started a single player game. I noticed that some of the textures were flying around when I moved, and that I was getting some major artifacts. Although the frame rates were high and things were crisp, the artifacts were really bugging me. I went on to try Counter-Strike in OpenGL mode - everything runs flawless. ??? From there I tried a bunch of other games - - FIFA 2002, Red Faction, Hitman, and JK2. They all had the same graphics corruption - artifacts flying everywhere. I tried two different drivers, one off the ATI site and one off the CD included (also the windows xp detected version which I think is the same as the CD version). I even switched monitors! After messing around for hours with different options, resolutions and what not, the games still do it. PLEASE, any help would be great to see if I can fix it or if I have to return it. My only idea is that the extreme heat that week might have damaged it? Since it was shipped UPS Ground it was exposed to 100 degree heat for about a week. THANK YOU ANYBODY!!!!!!!!!