I rooted a while back using DroidMod and have been running the ROM for quite a while now with minimal problems. I do have some instability from time to time and have heard good things about the CyanogenMod ROM for this phone and would like to try it out. I installed the free version of ROM Manager from the market and it says that to try the grayed out options you need to pay. I get that but at the same time it seems that EVERYTHING is grayed out. I assumed a few ROMs might not be available or something but I can't even get to that option. Is this because I need to do a backup first or ?? Is this a safety feature that won't allow you to proceed before making a backup or no? I have a backup with Nandroid as part of the DroidMod rooting so is this all I need or should I do a backup with ROM Manager to unlock the other options?
I'm a fairly technical fella but I haven't had the extra time to delve into rooting and all the intricacies and don't feel comfortable attempting such things unless I understand them inside and out first. The SholesMod (and later DroidMod) was a great option because it allowed me to quickly and easily do something that I wouldn't have done otherwise. Now I just don't know how to change ROMs as easily as I installed this one. I read that ROM Manager was all you needed but am not having success so a little 101 instruction would be nice.
Side question... does CyanogenMod have a black notification bar or white like stock? I miss when SholesMod ROM had the smoked glass theme because I REALLY preferred this to the white theme of the current ROM.
Thanks for the help!