Hi - I've read this thread and others that seemed relevant several times and can not seem to find anyone with a similar issue as mine...so it's time to just be brave and ask someone. First let me give credit where it is due. You guys are more knowledgeable, concerned and enthusiastic about getting the color Nookie to be all it can be than anywhere else I've lurked. The patience and friendliness coming from those in the know is really quite impressive. I think the process from post #1 has been explained, retold, delineated and enumerated using every variant of words possible in these 40 pages of discussion - and not one snotty remark, rude comment or superior attitude comes as a reply when a question is asked by another new member for the 37th time. It's refreshing to see people willing to teach those who are interested to learn without putting the noob through a ritual period of condescension. I've spent a lot of time self-educating on forums like this and IMHO this joint is unique because you guys are not only beyond capable with the subject matter, you're not dicks to the people who come here for help. Ok, enough of that - let's get back to me - I've got a problem. I have a refurb NC that I was gifted a couple months back. Brought it up to 1.4.2, read some books, got bored and decided to get root. I have only utilized the CM7 on microSD card process thus far to leave my NC stock. I'll leave it that way until I can get myself out of a basic jam without any help. Back to the issue: my first effort was a couple weeks back - I used a class 4 16GB SanDisk, followed the directions to the letter, downloaded the 3 key files from the proper places, made the prescribed adjustments to partition size and everything worked just like y'all said it would. I hit the Market and loaded up, made the recommended changes to the interface/system (no overclocking or even bumping the CPU maximum beyond 800mhz), changed a couple little things like viewing the battery meter as a percentage, moved the soft buttons to the right side - nothing experimental or beyond my comprehension. Did great for a couple of days until I started to notice that the NC wasn't charging properly and couldn't maintain the battery level it was showing for the appropriate amount of time. I always charge via wall plug and the issues are definitely more prevalent and obvious there vs. charging on PC. But once the downward spiral has begun, it doesn't matter wall or PC charging - the time it takes to charge increases drastically every time I plug it in and once off the cord, the power percentage number falls like rocks from the sky. The unit will not go to sleep if plugged in - it may dim the display as expected, but it never shuts the screen down while 'charging'. Also, achieving a 100% charge happened the first two times after switching to CM7. After that I'll charge overnight with 20% battery remaining to start - the next morning we're sitting pretty at 65% - I unplug NC and the remaining power indicator starts plummeting faster than the last time. It seemed to be a degenerative process of epic proportions and I wanted to read Clash of Kings and enjoy it. I pulled the card, went back to stock and did my thing. In stock mode, everything was fine. Battery charged normally, drained normally and the Nookie gave me no trouble at all like the malaise it was displaying under the microSD CM7 regime. I did some research and found something about installing a power manager being a bad idea - I had the free Juice Defender on there and hoped that was the cause of my woes. I uninstalled that and a bunch of other superfluous ****, but saw no change. I had already ordered another mSD card (SanDisk 16B class 4) so phase 2 plan was for a clean install on a virgin card with minimal apps and tweaks - just basic as can be to try for a different result. Downloaded the 3 files again straight from the source, did the deal and it went smooth as silk. Installed gmail, maps, youtube, kobo, words w/friends, scramble w/friends, netflix, facebook, flash player, draw something, dropbox & ROM manager. Put 6 books in my library and got back to reading. I got in 2 or 3 charges that took me from 20 to 50% back to 100% in good time with no issues. I noticed the 3rd good charge that my screen didn't go dark that time. The decline from that point forward was faster than w/the other card but pretty much the same symptoms in every way. Last night was the end of the 4th day using the new card - I showed 48-49% when I put it down (I had been using it while plugged in - the meter did not budge from 50% for that hour). After charging for about 6 hrs it registered 65% and the screen never even dimmed. I left it there for another 5-6 hrs and it never went above 65. I took it off the charger a couple hours ago, the screen immediately went to sleep and checking the meter right now it has only dropped to 63 while sleeping. If I use it to do anything, I can watch the battery drain like a countdown - that's with making sure not to multi-task; periodically checking running services to see if any app is open in the background that I was finished with. OMG this has become a way longer post than I ever intended - but that's the long & short of it. I was wondering after the 1st episode if this was something that is easily cured by wiping the battery stats & cache - I read the post that details all the ClockworkMod Recovery stuff (the one with user-friendly pics & all!), saw how to get to the advanced menu and do the battery reset thing. I got as far as trying to reboot into recovery mode and was unable to do this. I could've tried harder on that effort but was over it at the time. I don't remember exactly what happened but I was golden with the outlined process until I said 'yes, I would like to boot into ClockworkMod Recovery' - Nookie restarted, gave me the finger and went on booting normally to the CM7 card. I recall a message saying it couldn't do something and then quickly moving on and just booting normally. LIke I said, I was over it and went back to stock for a week or so. I have not initiated this process with the new, current CM7 card. ROM Manager is there, but I have not done the flash CWR thing yet. I was hoping for an economy of words here while providing the info you would need to guide me through this crap - that statement pretty much is in conflict with itself after writing all that is above, but I did my best to be somewhat concise. I'm a network & system administrator by trade and have a proficiency level that usually sees me through whatever my new project may be. But with this situation I'm not going any further until I get input from y'all. I know nothing of Unix beyond seizing root on OSX to get past an unknown password. I love my little NC way more than any toy I've had for a long time and don't want to breach the learning curve just yet. I've learned a lot just getting to this point and will probably feel confident enough to root the internal NC system soon. Not today though. So what do y'all think is wrong with the Nookie?