I’m not sure the nature of your problem. Not quite sure what you mean by planes and color turning black. If the .blend file is small enough, consider attaching to the newsgroup with detailed descriptions on how to recreate the problem and what it was that you intended to happen. I am attaching a .blend file for a chess board that I just got working that uses only two real squares/planes and the rest are array duplicates.
(Hmmm … just realized that I can’t seem to attach blend files to a newsgroup posting … … here it a link to a copy I placed on the web)