Is there a way to check if I have either deleted a necessary file or...

Firstly, let me apologize for this rather long post. I just want to make sure I give as much detail in order to get the problem really solved...
I have a MacBook Pro 2GHz Intel Core Duo with 512 MB of ram. I am running OS 10.4.10 and don't have the means to either upgrade the OS, increase ram or even backup and reinstall (I am in a remote part of the South Pac. Islands, working as a relief worker, without much more than a dish to connect to the net).
Now while I know that QuickTime has nothing to do with WMA files and that Flip4mac is the solution of record, allow me to pose my problem (because I can't get a straight answer on other forums whose only suggestion is to reinstall their software).
I have been using Flip4Mac QuickTime components successfully (to save radio streams) for over a year without a single problem with various versions of Quicktime. Presently, i use QuickTime version 7.6.0 and all was working fine until a few weeks ago. QuickTime works fine in every other way with the exception of playing my saved streams that contain WMA audio.
I believe I might have created the problem by either... ignorantly deleting files with a tool that allows me to examine the hard drive (including system files) in order to delete large ""unnecessary"" files... or even possibly, it occurred when questionable-content was auto-opened via QuickTime (which incidentally had caused the system to crash requiring a hard keyboard shutdown and restart). The problem occurred soon thereafter.
i have un-installed and re-installed QuickTime, Flip4Mac and even Windows Media Player for Mac several times with no change. i also ran several virus / disk scans (VirusBarrier, ClamXAV, MacScan, as well as TechTool, Mac HelpMate and MainMenu) also with no change.
The dialog box that pops up when I attempt to open ANY past saved QuickTime files basically says, QuickTime Player is 'missing a component.' This window doesn't always popup. Also the player will advance the minutes and seconds without playing a sound. Further any app that relies on WMA files also crashes, quits or just doesn't work. Such as WMA to MP3 converters. I even have problems with sounds / music from a couple of MacGames that I own (Luxor & Hidden Relics) as these games may rely on WMA to function (this may or may not be related).
My question is... is there a way to check if I have deleted a necessary codec, system file, pref. file, receipt, etc. that is crucial to using WMA?
Or even is there a way to check if some erroneous file has been added to my system (such as a DRM plugin) that is preventing the playing of my saved streams?
Once again, as I mentioned above, I am unable to backup and reinstall OSX and am at the end of my rope. The only thing that is left for me to say is.... Heeeellllppp!
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