I've tried to do a number of things without success.
1. Copy fonts in from my XP CD. However, even booting to safe mode/command line some fonts are protected. Attrib had no effect on these.
3. chkdsk/f -- no improvement.
4. More yelling.
5. Tried to reinstall SP2 (thought that might trigger something) but since I can't read the prompts I have to pretty much go by memory or guess and my first attempt caused the install to quit. At 2am I figured that was a sign to take a break.
I downloaded SP2 at work and am going to burn it to a cd. I think that's my best shot to shaking out the problem. However, any insights/help would be much appreciated. Feel free to email me directly if you have the answer.