HOW TO FIX: Black Screen, then crash with "Spore
has stopped working"
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Copy the contents of your "Spore" folder (including SporeBin and Data) to your hard drive, and run "SporeApp" that way. This will be either on your CD if you bought a hard copy, or whereever you downloaded the game to (I.E, if you used EA Download manager, the default is C:\ProgramData\Electronic Arts\EADM\cache\ ).
This worked for me, hope it helps.
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deleting the stars.db file in the game0 folder C:\Documents and Settings\*user*\Application Data\SPORE\ (something like that) works for me. BUT WAIT!! It also makes Spore unable to read your saved games, so use with caution!!!