Hi Brad, firstly I like how you've put everything you need, links etc in your first post.
Secondly thanks for your advice on my issues.
I am starting to develop a better understanding of how/what all these various processes are doing to the phone but alas I am still stuck on the same point ie. I can't reboot the phone into recovery mode. I have installed the recovery manager and flashed one of the recoveries (nb recovery manager says these recoveries are not recognized I assume this is normal??) Anyway specifically the part I can't get past is when I try the reboot into recovery, my phone disappears from computer then reappears as a new device and looks for the drivers. It fails to find the necessary drivers (Android 1.0) on windows update, I have tried the link you provided from file factory and installed and run that program which said it installed some drivers but obviously not the ones I require because I am met with the same thing when trying to boot to recovery. I also let the installer search my entire drive for the relevant driver but it found nothing. My phone appears only as as cd drive BEFORE I try the reboot to recovery, as I said as soon as I try the reboot it disappears from the computer and wants new drivers. I have also tried copying the drivers folder on the phone, to my desktop, and tried pointing the installer to that folder to search for the Android 1.0 driver but still no joy it cant find the necessary driver.
OK I have just successfully done the reboot recovery!!!!! (at long last!!!!!), Because it seemed to be my computer that was stopping the process I just disconnected phone from usb before doing the reboot into recovery and everything seemed to work ok. Installed rom and gapps and rebooted, now it appears to be stuck in a loop. Starts with egg timer then moves to screen that says ANDROID then moves to telecom splash screen then the splash screen just seems to keep reloading every 15-20secs.
Thanks Brad. Got it rooted. Im now trying to get it into recovery but all i get is the hour glass for ages. I placed the recoverycwm.img onto sd card . Any suggestions? what is the sequence to boot directly into recovery? I googles but all i get is the hour glass.