Please take a look at the attached picture. See the compose button? I had the same issue in prev versions or rubix, although it went away in 1.9.5 and the prev one to that (sorry, I can't remember the specific version numbers). The issue reappeared again in 1.9.7. Everything works fine. Pressing the compose button will bring up a new blank msg. Sepht explained to me what could be causing the issue: mms.apk from a different source. After a few emails and a lot of patience from Sepht, I tried the mms.apk from 1.9.5, but I could not install it. I know there is an issue with the notification lights in mms.apk from 1.9.5 but didn't care much about it as I just wanted to see if the old apk would have the correct compose icon/picture. Here is what I did: forced stop mms.apk mounted /system/app/ as rw via root explorer renamed existing mms.apk from 1.9.7 to mms.bak moved mms.apk from 1.9.5 to app folder. When I clicked on mms.apk it prompt me to install it, set permissions, etc, but the installation failed. I've since given up. I thought about using the bootstrapper and "install zip from sd" but I don't know how to pack zip files for android (I don't know how to set the destination path to /system/app). Not really an issue -just reporting it. Thanks for your time.