OK, help me out here ... ;-)
I'm running rooted 2.0.1. Downloaded and installed ROM Manager. Backed up my previous install using it (backup appears to have run just fine).
Downloaded the ESE81 rooted stock 2.1 ROM.
Tried to flash it. CMR gave me the option to wipe data (the first time, I did not check this option, the second I did - no difference), then the option to reboot into Recovery and flash the ROM. It did reboot, got past the "M" logo, got the triangle-! screen (no progress bar) - then - hang. I let it sit for 10 minutes both times, then hit the power button twice. Phone rebooted fine, but nothing was done - back to the previous state (2.0.1); all apps still present.
(1) What am I doing wrong?
(2) How long SHOULD it take to flash the new ROM?
(3) If I do get this installed, how do I get Google Apps?
Thanks - and pardon the n00bish questions.