I'm new to Blender, and I'm running it on a low-level Windows machine. Intel Core 2 Quad 3.2ghz processor, 12 gb of ram, and an ATI Radeon HD 4300 graphics card.
I'm really not looking to do any heavy lifting in blender, just some small projects for class. When I make any shape, even a simple UV sphere and click over to the shading tab, my object is all black. I can't figure out why.
I've run this on my Macbook as well and got the same problem.