Restored to 1.2.0 using the boot interrupt method.... no dice. It still doesn't play any sound, and video is extremely choppy. I think the nook is hosed.
If B&N will give me a deal upgrading to the HD, I'll stay with B&N. If not, I'm moving to iPad most likely.
Unsolicited spam is probably just some app company doing spam.
There are a few that have started doing it. Just search for 'malware' to see some threads. Thought it's not malware, just spam.
I can't think of any reason the sound would be hosed. An update should not blow up the sound card or sound processor or whatever it is that handles sound for Nook.
Speakers failing right around time of update? Seems rather unlikely.
I think B&N will offer you an update deal for HD.
HD+ had a $50 off sale this last weekend I think.
I think HD also has $30 off sales regularly. SO if you just wait for a weekend like that they you're likely to get even more of a discount.
For games losing data on reset.
Though CS recommends reset for lots of issues, some of the time they aren't needed.
What issues did you have earlier that required resets.
For reference, I have Color and Tablet since launch and have never reset either. Just tried other things and gotten them working the few times there were problems.