Just a quick update. My pc stopped entering standby properly, the fans would still be spinning and would kill my battery. So I upgraded the bios, reinstalled XP and tweaked some stuff and it seems to be fixed. It's running much faster now as well.
I decided to switch front ends and go back to Road Runner solely to use the awesome Elite skin. It's purdy.
I'm still trying to get the spacenav working again and a I'm having some volume issues in RR. RR keeps unmuting my mic and sets the master volume really low. I wonder if it's a Winamp problem. I'm using 5.13 and previously I used 5.44.