troubleshooting Question

Unable to remove Win DC from AD. Getting errors 1865, 1311 in event viewer

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Windows NetworkingWindows Server 2003Active Directory
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Unable to remove DC from AD.  Getting errors 1865, 1311.  I think I have an old DC in the AD that is long gone and dead, never to return.  I can rename and move it, but I can not delete it, nor, can I get rid of it's settings.  I have tried to use ntdsutil to remove it but I get errors doing that too (I will try an attach a PDF showing this).  For now, I have created a temp Site for this and moved the DEC into it, but how do I get my servers to stop looking for it?

1.  I am a native 2003 AD, one domain, one forest, lots of DCs... This old DC was probably a 2K DC back when my domain was 2K native.  Probably it failed, and I created a new DC and named it the same name as the old DC (long since killed off and replaced by a new named DC)
2.  The NTDS settings assigned to this defunc DC look like this in the properties:
NTDS Settings CNF:f33ac6c8-a4ca-40cd-9484-44799, but the visual in the domains and sites tools shows what looks like non-printable characters.
3.  When I run NTDSUTIL on the DC that holds all of the major FSMO roles, I select a site, the domain, and the server.  I have tried to not set the naming context, and also to set the naming context to be the configuration, but when I tell NTDSUTIL to remove the server, I get the following:
Transferring/seizing FSMO roles off the selected server.
LDAP error 0X20(32 (no such object).
Ldap extended error message is 0000208D: NameErr: DSID-031001CD, Problem 2001 (NO_OBJECT), data 0, best match of: 'CN=POSKILLME,cn=SERVERS,cn=sparcc_NETWORK,cn=sITES,cn=CONFIGURATION,dc=RAVENET,dc=RCS'
Unable to determine the domain hosted by the DC (5). Please use the connection menu to specify it.
Removing FRS metadata for the selected server.
Unable to find server reference on "CN=POSKILLME,cn=SERVERS,cn=sparcc_NETWORK,cn=sITES,cn=CONFIGURATION,dc=RAVENET,dc=RCS".
LDAP Error 0x5e(94 (no result present in message).
The attempt to remove the FRS settings on CN=POSKILLME,cn=SERVERS,cn=sparcc_NETWORK,cn=sITES,cn=CONFIGURATION,dc=RAVENET,dc=RCS failed because "No mapping for error code.";
metadata cleanup is continuing.
DsRemoveDsServerW error 0X20e3(The DSA object could not be found.)

Any help would be highly appreciated!
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