ok, I did the Softmod procedure and and followed it to the letter but this time around did not install preloader as it said it is optional and was not of much help previously.
Then followed the NSMB Guide and still no go when I use NeoGamma!!!
Nintendo did a good job this time around but I am sure there is a way as many have done it. I guess there is just too much info out and most are not clear cut for a newbe like myself!!