[Q] Help me!! Problem restoring backup of encrypted phone
I'm stuck, at a loss here...
I have a galaxy S4 GT-i9500 and am now stuck unable to boot up through my encrypted phone password. Here's what happened in choronological order:
Encrypted the phone (My unlock PIN = "0000")
Installed cofface cwm recovery
Rooted the phone with cwm superSU v0.99
Backed up with external SD
Flashed pacman i9500 4.3
Rebooted and... it said something along the lines of "encrypted phone, needs to be reset" and it wouldn't start up, it only gave me the option of "reset phone" and it would just reboot it.
So I decided to attempt to restore my backup. It said "wrong MD5" so I took out the sd card, popped it into my computer, and was told to just have a blank nandroid.md5 file in the backup and it should work. It did.
So my backup restore is totally successful, but now when I turn on the phone and have to enter the PIN, my PIN is WRONG! I can't get into the phone now because the PIN doesn't work.
I really don't care about my backup datafiles, I don't care if the phone is encrypted, I just want a working phone again with whatever ROM is available. Can anyone shed some light on my situation? I really don't want to drop another $600 for a new phone.