Originally Posted by ElfinJNoty
I've downloaded from the computer now twice. MD5's match. I am going to search for the latest smelkus recovery... this is getting extremely frustrating!
apparently, at some point I did a custom MTD partition. I did so much flashing on this evo when it was my daily phone, that i completely forgot, untill i was looking on my sd card and saw the zips for the custom mtd recovery and custom recovery boot. I thought I had zero'd out the custom MTD.txt file so that it restored to the stock partitions.
i appologize for being a flashaholic.
I reinstalled smelkus 4.3 just to be safe. was just about to redownload the rom again, figured i'd give it a shot to install one last time and BAMMMMMMM
just got through my initial boot, going to sign in and reboot to flash the inverted gapps.
i've face palmed myself a few times by now. thanks for the help guys