Didn't quite get her for me...here's my steps
3)recompile (system apk? N)
This apk installed fine and worked...except one weird thing I noticed is the keyboard works fine, but the cute little instructions you get when clicking the app in the app drawer would cause a force close.
5)replace qwerty.png by dropping it into apk (res/raw-hdpi) (7zip)
is my result as of step 4
is my result as of step 5
Edit: After talking to my bro (funkencool) tonight I'm getting real convinced it's OS related. We have the identical PB cracked OS and both are encountering this same issue (with much different hardware specs).I know it doesn't seem logical but it doesn't seem to be happening to anyone else. I'm just hitting my head against a wall now. By the way thanks for the help Synisterwolf, I know your a master of the trade. Next I'll try all editing on a live version of linux, and if that doesn't work...I don't know
Edit2: Or like N-forced said, resign apk after the nifty 7zip drop... regular PNGs have never been an issue... I can edit smali and install but PNGs ruin everything, I dont get it