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All raster geoprocessing fails with the dreaded "ERROR 999998"

Question asked by cheesiegoodness on Apr 18, 2012
Latest reply on May 2, 2012 by JSwain-esristaff
Since installing ArcGIS 10 I've not been successful performing any geoprocessing of raster datasets. Every raster geoprocessing tool that I've tried returns one of the two dreaded OS errors:

ERROR 999998: Unexpected Error
ERROR 999998: An attempt was made to reference a token that does not exist

(whether in ArcMap or ArcCatalog). In ArcMap (ArcInfo) I can import/export rasters and do other editing types of operations. This is specific to the raster geoprocessing tools only - I can run other geoprocessing scripts and have been doing some fairly robust Python and C#/Silverlight development using non-raster geoprocessing tools and haven't run into these errors.
I've ...

???    Turned off UAC.
???    Set the environment variables for scratch and current workspaces to non-spaced folder paths like F:\GIS\TEMP.
???    Tested on small raster datasets of different formats and from different sources.
???    Tried using different input/output formats (TIFF, PNG, JPEG, etc.)
???    Turned off pyramid building and statistics creation.
???    Turned off compression.
???    Moved data to a different drive (C:\Temp)
???    Renamed the ArcCatalog.gx and Normal.gxt files at ...\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcCatalog as well as renaming the entire ...\AppData\Roaming\ESRI folder.
???    Reviewed the Geoprocessing logs at ...\AppData\Roaming\ESRI\Desktop10.0\ArcToolbox\log.
???    Reviewed my virus software settings.
???    Danced around my desk chanting "Jack Dangermond is God" while burning incense and thinking good GIS thoughts.

All of which have not worked, though my office smells really good.

Short of reinstallation (Noooooo!!!) I'm at a loss as to what to try next.

System Specs:

???    ArcGIS 10 SP4
???    Processor: Intel Xeon x5650 2x6=12 processors
???    Memory: 96GB
???    OS: Windows 7 Pro x64
???    Disk: 3.5TB Raid5

Any help would be appreciated.

TIA, Wilbert