Usually an app opening up in a black screen is the result of incorrect display settings for the application.
Right click the desktop and choose Properties(XP) or Customize (Vista-7)
Go to Settings and if your display is set to 32 bit, try changing it to 16 bit, or vice-versa.
I have screen capture software that won't function in 32 bit mode and I have to switch to 16 to take screen shots, then switch back to 32 when I'm done.
It does the same thing. Black screen as soon as I launch it. Have to hit Alt+4 to quit it and make the adjustment.