@Crooduire, You have done all that one can reasonably do, so the only thing I can think of to do is to give you my Sims2EP9.exe, that I know works. If that one does not work for you, then I am out of ideas at the moment. Make sure to back up your original by renaming it to Sims2EP9.bak or something like that.
~Gaming Let's Plays served up with a soupĂ§on of silly and a whole lot of story.~
I decided to try this for an issue I've been having where UC stops responding in the middle of loading a neighborhood. It seems to have helped some, but now when the neighborhood loads I just get a blank blue window (I play in windowed mode) while the sound continues, and then when I try to click on anything in the window it says it's not responding, but the music sill plays fine. Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?
OK, I am still crashing, even though the patched .exe did help (my collections tab, which previously was taking up to five minutes to load, opened with a click). Anyway, something is seriously borked; as much as I dread it, I am doing a full backup and then will reinstall. Wish me luck!