AH, reading is the key here<grin> Sorry been a bit busy dealing with server issues at work and blowing up our version control library. Who knew we'd reach the limit of subdirectories allowed under a unix directory. BTW that limit is 32000 but way off topic.
I installed 114 (it read 22.214.171.124 (Platform 126.96.36.199). I then followed the directions (one day later) and loaded the newer version: hybrid 2. It seems to be working but I never got the message that I was supposed to get: to Replace the device's applications with the older version provided by the blackberry Desktop Software. The installation completes and all seems fine but I still am on Platform 188.8.131.52 when I go to Tools, Advanced, About.
Did you ever delete the vendor.xml file for any of the Beta's you tried to install? It will work, however I would be concerned about any residule effects installing over .75 may have, not that there would be any. I prefer to install over the core product.