Ok, this is a noob question for sure, but rooting didn't work for me I got to wondering: Basically, I'd like to know why I need to follow this 4 step process: - flash a new recovery program - use that recovery to install a 2.1 update that gives me root - install rom mgr. and clockworkmod now that i'm root - use those programs to patch my os with new kernels, features, etc. If I can flash a recovery program that can give me 2.1 with root access, why can't I just flash clockworkmod recovery onto the phone first? for that matter, why do I need clockworkmod to install new roms/kernels? Can't I flash any recovery program and use that to just load Cyanogen(for example)? If the recovery program can give me root access and patch me from 2.0.1 to 2.1, why can't it just load all the 2.2 stuff and give me root access at the same time? If rooting isn't going to work for me, I guess understanding it a little better might make me feel better. Maybe.