Usually the black screen means that your video card is switching between display modes.
Most games run around 800x600 while most default setups are at 1024x768, so when you want to play the game your vid card has to change to the smaller res.
I'm not sure why the application would close, other than if it's trying to switch to a reolution that your vid card can't handle, but it should pop up an error telling you that.
What game are you trying to play?
Its a frigging Laptop, not a Labtop!!!!