Hold Shift when you're starting the game. What does it say under display mode? Try setting the same resolution as your desktop is running at. I've seen a case where the graphics hardware presented resolution which didn't actually work and resulted in black display. You can also try and see if it works in windowed mode so we can see what kind of problem we're dealing with it. Windowed mode is almost guaranteed to work.
"When a human being takes his life in depression, this is a natural death of spiritual causes. The modern barbarity of 'saving' the suicidal is based on a hair-raising misapprehension of the nature of existence." - Peter Wessel Zapffe