This sounds like a DIRECTX problem, or a graphics card problem, or both.
Firstly, ensure that your card has the latest drivers
installed. Next, click the Start Orb, and in the search box type dxdiag
, and then hit enter.
You should see a panel similar to this one shown below. Click the Save All Information as a TXT file, then copy and paste the contents here, or upload the file as an attachement for us to look at.