hi again, i did exactly as you instructed.. i installed a fresh copy of gaia 1.04. fix permissions with the old file. loaded up gaia. ran the bles00949 with modded eboot. it started up, but hung at the "unable to connect" screen..
i conclude that my copy of bles00949 is busted.. will try to get a US version. thanks for all the help. been trying to work this for weeks.. guess i'll go play LBP2 then.