Here goes.. please bear with me on this extremely long post It is my hope that this will not only entertain, but help others. Plus hopefully some of you may share your own experiences. I was one of those who browsed around, seeing what all the root hype was about, but never tried it until SMUpdater came along. I downloaded it, ran it, and started to enjoy the rooting experience the easy way. Once rooted and on SM 2.0.2, I started to experiment with terminal emulators(Connectbot in particular), and changed my boot animation, tried the Milestone EQ, got rid of OTAcerts(though I didn't need to), and even changed my system font. I also messed with Metamorph, and put in the live wallpapers atop 2.0.5. I sourced some family help to get things like SetCPU and DxTop(I have no credit cards). I had 2.0.5 running quite well, with a hybrid blue/glass theme from multiple "morphs", DxTop working perfectly with Live wallpapers, OC'ed to 1.2G..running quite well and fancy. I figured I had it made...all without using ADB. Well, as luck would have it, I saw all the hype about benchmarks and JIT in the Beast roms, so I decided to give beast 7.9 a try. I installed it, and tried to set things back up..no root. This of couse is not a jab at Pete, as he does great work. To make things worse I forgot to Nandroid my "happy" setup. I figured I would go back to 2.0.6 . Beast 1.0 was out, but I didn't want to lose the 1.2G kernel with t3hSteve's fixes. So..I started thinking. I could go back to 2.0.5 before installing live wallpapers, but there was a ton of work to be done anyhow, so I decided it was time to learn, and take the advice of some of the experts in this forum. I did a simple Astro backup of my apps, went into recovery, and restored my first Nandroid Backup. I even did a factory restore after that.. BONE stock 2.0.1.. At that time, DMupdater was not out yet, so I had no choice but to do it the old-fashioned way. I followed the guides in CRP's sticky, rooted, installed the SDK and drivers, pushed in busybox and SPrecovery using ADB, and got my Droid all ready to go. I made a Nandroid backup of my "new" rooted 2.0.1, something that may come in handy sometime in the future. I then downloaded DM 2.0.6(still before DMupdater), and flashed it in. From there , I brought back my apps with ASTRO, got my basic apps and setings back where I like them, and went on with the fun stuff. I replaced my bootanimation, flashed the live wallpapers back in, and changed my system font once more. Then I set up DxTop to my liking, and moved on to Metamorph. I use two themes..first I.C.E. by tdawg, then Glass by AdamZ. This gives me the glass look I like, with lots of blue still themed in from I.C.E. DxTop is setup with the Aero Theme, and Aero icon pack. I'm quite happy with the results I have not had a single force close, even at 1.2G with tons of tasks running. My temps aren't bad(45C max on the battery). Benchmarks are holding steady in the low to mid 250's at 1.2G even with the live wallpapers running. Everything is smooth sailing and look awesome. I run SetCPU at 1G max, 250 min, ondemand. I use 1.2G for more advanced tasks like video recording, and camera/photo editing. There is definitely something to be said about starting from scratch. Plus I have a newfound knowledge on how to "fix" things should they go wrong in the future. It was a long day, but it was definitely worth it. Of course most everyone in these forums, and on others, deserves a big Thank You from me, as this is where I learned to do all this. And also a huge Thank You to the devs out there who have made this all possible. Here is a screenshot of my homescreen and a link to more of the near-final-for-now product(still some cleaning up to do). The Nexus background shot shows a "sparkle" where I touched the screen showing interactions work. Some of the rest show all the nice glass and blue-themed items, and the look of the system font. The screenshots were taken through the PC, and not color corrected, but still look quite nice. Enjoy! Main Center Homescreen And here are the rest: Droid Screenshots pictures by droidpcguy - Photobucket EDIT: I made a new Battery Icon It is a modified version of 3Dbattery by Manigma77. I changed it from red to blue to match my theme setup. The icon of course changes with the battery status. It's a deeper blue, just in case anyone else wants it Here it is: I also added a lockscreen screenshot to my album, which is where this Notification bar is cropped from Thanks for reading!