It actually sounds as if the graphics driver is crashing. It's usually caused by the driver reporting that it can support screen modes that it really can't for some reason.
-First of all, are you running version 1.004 or newer? (it's visible in the lower left corner)
-Has the game tried to send a crash log?
-Does it help if you try to run it in windowed mode, starting with a fairly small resolution, and then going up if it works?
And thanks for your help!
Edited 8 years ago