LOL...I think I'd amend your assertion about ATI cards.
In my experience, ATI cards are fine.
It's the drivers and software which have caused me (I have two old AIWs) and other persons the irritations that come in small packages
Rather than the latest drivers, I tend to favor using the ones which came with the system, motherboard, or video card.
What model card or chip do you have installed?
If boxmaker system (Dell, Gateway, etc.), then what is model and manufacturer of the system?
If onboard chip, what is the model/manufacturer of the motherboard?