Thanks for your response. I don't understand very much about hacking but I'm willing to learn and pick up on stuff fairly quickly. I just need a point in the right direction...there is soooo much info out there about rooting that I don't even know where to start.
1. What is your baseband & build? (look in settings -> about phone)
Baseband: S:i1500.04 V.ED04
2. What apps do you have installed that use root?
I don't know what you mean by what apps are using root. I have Root Manager, Superuser but not sure what to use them for/what they do.
3. What apps force close?
Most frequently Force closing apps: Phone (by far the most frustrating prob), Handcent, Gmail, Launcher Pro Widgets, Widgets, Market. At this point, I hardly know what is going to work and what isn't.
4. How comfortable are you with hacking? Most solutions will require some amount of "tech savvy-ness".
I'm a member over at xda-developers too, and I have released a Gingerbread ROM (TechnoROM)... I can help you, but it really just depends on how much you are willing to do.
I am totally open to learn about hacking (I'm very comfortable with computers etc) but I don't know the lingo etc. As I said, I successfully rooted my Nook Color but all I did was follow the video. I WANT to UNDERSTAND this stuff and get full use of my phone's capabilities but I've been afraid to brick it.
Now....well, someone else has screwed it up so I need to learn so I can fix it.
Obviously, I have learned the hard way not to let someone else jump into my phone.
I installed Spare Parts, Watchdog Lite, and CPU Spy to monitor. Only had Watchdog alert me about 2 apps. I live in an area that has had flooding so one was WeatherBug. The other was Droid QR but I was using it at the time.
My battery (4018 mV at full charge) appears to be ok - but "Running" percentages seem to be high. Battery charge only lasting about 4-5 hours.
FYI: I have a Mac computer.