Ok so i have no clue why TWRP does not work with whatever mods you made to kernel. None whatsoever. I took your kernel and put it into a stock image and still nothing.
The only reason I am fighting this so hard is because TWRP together with TWRP Manager is:
1.) It can flash (Rom or Zip) from inside android OS without having to start in recovery.
2.) It can also automate the wipe of dalvik/cache when it does that.
3.) Has touch capabilities inside recovery. This would make the aroma installer MUCH MUCH easier.
CWM and TWRP can both backup and restore nand backups from inside android OS.
Ok well I think im ganna try to ask someone from the crewrktablets if they have any ideas.
Just for peace of mind, skelton do you think you could compile your 1.8 kernel by itself as a kernel.img for me?
If not I understand. It should be the same as getting it from the extracted img or from my twrp/cwm backups. I just need one more step in the troubleshooting process is all.
Thnx for your help in all of this. and again if it is too much of a bother for the isolated kernel I am ok with you just saying " sorry I can't"