What is the best process for starting over (wipe/new install)?
My upgrade path was .65 -> .75 -> .114 -> .114v1 -> .114v3 -> .114v3.5.
I found v3 to work better for me than v3.5. Had better speed and better memory control. So I tried to go back. Overwrote the v3.5 files with the v3 files, deleted vendor.xml, etc, and then ran Loader.exe. It immediately reported "loading finished". But, nothing actually happened.
I decided to wipe the OS and then load .114 hybrid as a starting point. Loader.exe wanted nothing to do with it, so I loaded it via Desktop Manager (Internet disconnected). It loaded fine, but my free app memory after battery pulls in < 20 MB, and it falls to 5-6 MB during the day, while not in use. This makes me think that I goofed up pretty good somewhere along the line.
So I have a few questions. First, does anyone have any ideas on next steps for improving my phone's performance other than removing themes, apps that leak memory, etc, because I'm already doing that stuff (I also found that doing that stuff didn't really save me much memory leakage; memory leakage is best controlled through proper shutting down of apps).
Second, after performing an OS wipe, what is the correct process for loading an OS? Did I blunder by going straight to the .114 hybrid? Should I have loaded the base Verizon .75 OS first?
Last, what is the actual process for backing up applications? Everything that I've done so far - via DM - only backs up application data. But, I had to reinstall my applications. Is that basically it?
Thanks in advance for all your help!