Especially since there is a forum full of ATI users with the same issue.
No, its not the same issue. ATI owners had problems with the 9500 and 9700 cards with ROLLING LINES, not flickering, and it was resolved with the 9800. I should know because 1) I bought a 9500 with the rolling lines issue AND 2) I then bought a 9800 with no issues AND 3) I spent a long time on the rage3d.com forums confirming that many 9500/9700 owners had these problems but none of the 9800/9600 owners did. And I think many of us here have already proved that this is not a driver or OS issue. If it can be fixed with a video BIOS flash I'll be extremely amazed.