Maya crashing on start up seems to be a problem caused by updating my ATI driver. Rolling back has no effect. Disabling the graphics unit or deleting it's drivers allows me to run Maya at a low resolution.
I added a Mel script to copy any errors provided by the script editor. This is what it gave me so far:
"addSelectTypeItem: (kFailure): Unexpected Internal Error"
I'm contemplating a recovery to factory defaults for this laptop.
Edit: Problem seems fixed after removing all Autodesk software and all AMD drivers, plug-ins and programs and then installing everything from scratch again.
Edit2: Maya files made days before the crash all seem corrupt. Gotta go fast.