I think I remember this problem. If you're using nVidia drivers, 40.71 and 40.72 are known to have problems with Visual Pinball.
You should try 30.82 or 40.41 instead.
> Well, it's not the whole screen, just the pinball table window. It's mostly
> black, but parts of the table appear in a, well, garbled way. I put up a
> screenshot here:
> (sorry, I don't know how to link, I'll leave the picture on for 3 days).
> It's not the fault of 32/16 bits, or fullscreen, and my drivers are OK.
> I also trie the compatibility options, but to no avail...