I'm having major issues with running newer games, especially Team Fortress 2. This includes Day of Defeat: Source, Fortress Forever, and Civilization 4 to a lesser extent.
Here are some screenshots from TF2:
I have tried updating to the latest drivers, which is catalyst 7.9...when I did that the game will not even load. It will go to a black screen then totally disappear like I never even loaded the game. I tried several older versions of catalyst with no success.
I tried setting every video option to the lowest quality, no success.
I thought maybe the card was overheating, but I always keep the case open and today I even put a pretty powerful 12" fan pointed at the open case to see if it would help
It didn't of course. I don't believe the card is overclocked...not too sure.
My specs are
Windows XP Home SP2
ATI Radeon x800 PRO using Catalyst 7.8 driver
2x Corsair 512MB sticks of ram