You absolute diamond!
No wonder my volume up/dow for wake & hold power for light wasn't working.... I hadn't updated!!!
Again, thanks so much for your help!!!! @nkk71
Marked as solved. I think I left it unsolved as technically the answer to my question never got answered or solved. I ended up rooting with a custom ROM rather than without as indicated in the thread topic.
Well, whoever googles my original question and lands here... they may well just end up rooting with 51.0, S-OFF and have an awesome phone at the end of the day! (Or week in my case! LOL)
Just download SuperSU: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1538053 (the flashable zip is here: http://download.chainfire.eu/supersu )
and flash it custom recovery ("install" -> choose zip)
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