Thanks for the advice. From what I have read I saw that some roms I could run just from putting on the sd card and running it. The other method is more involved - hspl3, custom win mo rom, then android rom. I haven't bothered trying the second one yet just because of the involvement.
Do you have experience with the hspl method and does it have distinct advantages? i am running a version of cyanogenmod installed the easy way, which is fast and good in many ways except I haven't got phone calls to work (lol! I know, I know).
Basically is the hspl way that much more stable that it is worth the trouble? thanks for the input.