Ok. I followed the guide and got everything working (USB loader GX). Thank you!
Here are some random thoughts/question:
I prefer to run everything from the hard drive...I have kids and feel the SD card could vanish at anytime. Everything works fine running from USB instead of SD.
The Clean Rip method is kind of a pain (having to move files and create folders after ripping). I guess this ensures a working rip, but after I got it setup with my first game I was able to use USB Loader Gx to install a second game and it ran fine....I don't know if it works 100% but it was way more convenient.
I don't understand the versions of USB loader GX. I was using it previouslly and think I had the latest version (v3.0). This version did not have the devolution options. What is r1209 that this guide uses and where does it come from? Devolution is actually the loader.bin file right? I looked at the GBAtemp thread and this did not clear this up for me....basically I don't think I could have gotten this to work (outside of using the basic loader) with out this guide but I would like to understand it a bit better.