FWIW, i read and tried pretty much everything..i guess my timing is that bad where I'd get stuck with it trying to find the device..i uninstalled iTunes and whatever else I thought would interfere. Anyway, I was stuck on the green arrows as well, but I could get into recovery...I just flashed Faux kernel from All In One Kit 3.1 and I was able to boot up normally with the restored nandroid and reformat my SD card on the phone. Thanks for posting useful tips.
**retired**Nexus One w/ GB 2.3.7
**given away**Tmobile G2x rooted, stock 2.2, faux123 kernel
**sold**GSM Galaxy Nexus I9250(yakju), rooted, TWRP, Stock JB rom,
**backup**HTC One S, rooted stock JB 4.1.1
**sold**16gb Nexus 4
**current**32GB HTC One..I seem to have a habit of hanging on to HTC phones.