Thanx for the info.
I hadn't read those posts in xda but did read others enough to know I have some options.
I have been in and out of safe mode-didn't help.
I haven't gone to Recovery yet as I didn't want to wipe.
There looks like there may be a couple other things I didn't try, (fastboot and wipe cache) but not much hope.
Sorry if this is in the wrong thread but I just need to rant a second.
I did not steal my nexus.
I DID set a storage password.
I even set a second password to unlock the screen but I can't get to that.
My Nexus was fully charged, I use it every day, plug it in at night and unplug in a.m.
To hell with Google/Asus/Android- my warranty has been over for 2 months and they are not acknowledging the problem, indeed after the 4.3 update my Nexus started doing strange things also. I don't have the time to sit on the phone with tech support, I wish others luck who do
I can't believe I may have a "brick" after 14 months of use.
Think I got that tech word right.
Thanx for the 2 answers and I will update ya' if you want.
Hi, again jdny...
You should calm down a little... it's not good for the heart... apparently (I should talk! you should hear some of the language I come out with, when tech isn't DOING AS IT'S DAMN WELL TOLD and far more colorful expletives that I dare not use on this forum).
Sometimes a good rant is good for the soul... but you should never let your emotions cloud your analytical faculties... particularly when dealing with computers. You a need clear, almost dispassionate head on your shoulders, no matter how annoying or intractable the problem appears to be.
First off, I certainly don't think you stole your Nexus 7. This encryption problem has been documented well enough, both here on XDA and on other forums, sufficiently such that it's a known issue.
Secondly, if you can access the bootloader, you're not hardbricked. You can fastboot flash back to factory stock. Relatively straightforward to do, but I understand your irritation at having to do it.
I guess this whole 'encrypt tablet' thing is still bug ridden and hasn't been thoroughly tested by Google, given the number of problems people seem to be having with it.
Anyway... try a factory reset first.. If that doesn't cure the problem, then fastboot flash back to factory stock. There's an excellent thread here on how to accomplish this.