Originally Posted by GTT1
I guess I need to start from scratch unless someone has a thought on what I may be doing wrong.
It took a couple tries, but I just got 7.0.3 installed myself. Like Techienana said, it's hard to know if you're doing anything wrong without knowing what you've actually done. The steps are:
1. Place the update .zip file in the SD card's boot partition. If you are using a Windows machine, the boot partition will be the only one recognized. You cannot place this file in the boot partition from within CM7*
2. Return the SD card to your NC and boot into recovery by holding p+n for 3-4 seconds after the Touch the Future of Reading screen appears and then releasing (if the NC shuts off again, you held them too long).
3. A little penguin should appear in the upper left corner (landscape) followed by some text saying it's looking for update packages. If it finds one, you will see many many lines of text as it installs all the elements of the new ROM.
4. When the penguin says "safe to power off" or when the screen goes blank, power off then power back on. Things won't look any different, but go to Settings>CyanogenMod Settings>System and you should see you're running 7.0.3.
Did you definitely get the .zip into the boot partition? Did you successfully boot to the update/recovery screen with the penguin? If so, what did it say?
If the penguin detects your update package but does not install it successfully (as happened to me on round 1), you have to start at step 1, because it will erase the file.
*Except--and I can't confirm because I screwed up this time around--if you have automatic updates enabled, CM7 will download the update automatically, and offer to "reboot and install" WHICH DOES NOT WORK. However, none of the automatic "boot to recovery" options within CM7 work for me, so I'm guessing if I'd picked up at step 2 with a manual recovery boot, it would have installed.
Instead, I dl'ed the file in Windows, mounted the SD card, and tried to copy it over. The update...zip file wasn't visible on the SD, but Windows prompted me to Copy and Replace, then failed to do so, which I'm guessing corrupted the file. When I tried to boot, the penguin found the file but failed to install it, so I started over at step 1 and succeeded.