Your compass is spinning because you need to train the skill up. Welcome to old school EQ. There are tips on the forum about how to train skills. Just use the search above.
As for the black walls? No clue. Some underpowered graphics cards give what's called the "Halas Effect" (white textures) but haven't heard about black. Is everything black or just the walls were you spawned?
The best thing you can do to help us assist is to list your computer specs (type, OS version, RAM, Graphics card).
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