I have had this device for about 2 years now and it is a smartphone on which I've never activated the phone service because I use it pretty much like one used to use non-phone PDAs.
Every time I've booted it, until today, it goes through trying to activate itself and always fails, which is fine by me.
The device is rooted and I have Apps2SD running on it. I shut the device down today when Apps2SD was trying to move a Google app to the SD card. After that is when this issue has arisen.
Now when I try to boot, the device boots up to the home screen, I get feedback from the antivirus that it's scanning and that the scan is complete and things are clean, the attempt to automatically activate the device starts as usual but then, part way through, one of two things happens:
1. The activation freezes and everything stays stuck there (less frequent).
2. The screen goes black except for the "soft buttons" at the bottom and the notification icons at the top and the device becomes non-responsive.
This behavior is whether the device is being booted as usual, when connected to the PC and recognized as a device with USB debugging on, and whether or not the SD card is in the device when booting.
I can successfully boot into safe mode. Just for amusement I tried booting with the SIM card out and that's making no difference except that you get the icon at the top showing that the SIM card is missing. It still goes to black screen with only the notification icons and soft buttons.
Any ideas as to whether the device is able to be rescued in any way? If not it's not the end of the world, but it would be nice if there is some reasonably easy fix that might be done.