Server 2008 R2 - after dcpromo - stuck at splash screen ?

I am at a loss here,
Did a clean install of 2008 R2 Enterprise, downloaded all windows updates, updated ll drivers.
Everything looked great, the system literally boots in 5- seconds.
I followed all the steps listed here to create a first DC in a new forest.

I followed every step and dcpromo went through without any errors.

The problem is that upon reboot, I am stuck at the splash screen...

I reformatted / reinstalled 5 times already, always the same works great  without any errors whatsoever in the eventlog until I run dcpromo.

I found several ppl running into the same problem on different forums but no solutions.

SAME exact problem as described here :

They think it might be a driver issue but  disagree, the server works 100% with all the drivers installed and rock stable UNTILL it gets promoted to DC.

Anybody has any ideas? Or maybe have questions that could lead to an idea?

All help is apreciated, for some reason I keep thinking its a DNS issue, but after doing 10-20 2003 Server DC installs, I am pretty sure I followed all the steps in prepping the server before I followed all the steps from the link posted above.

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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Make sure that you point the machine at itself as the preferred DNS server (in the TCP/IP settings) and that you elect to install DNS whrn you do the DCPROMO
adamkotAuthor Commented:
I did, the DNS is pointing to itself and during DCPromo the DNS is selected automatically.
adamkotAuthor Commented:
I gave up with 2008 r2, installed 2003 x64 without any problems.
Thanks for all who put their 2 cents in.

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I have the same problem exactly, I have tried disabling IPv6, updating the broadcom nic drivers, disabling the one not being used, I installed DNS first and got it working good thinking it was the issue but it is the same thing after installing AD and using dcpromo it completes an hour later, checked the logs and one says it cannot disable the write cach of the hard disk.

This is a test box with a fresh install on its own subnet and router, trying to make it a dc for a test domain.

Im tempted to let it boot like that over the weekend or burn up!!  Very frustrating!!
Wait I'm at the black screen with white arrow... we will see.

adamkotAuthor Commented:
I hope you find a solution, I spent $300 on a support call with Microsoft -as a last resort- and
they ended up blaming it on everything from drivers to the color of my underwear...

They promised to refund me, nothing yet.

Good luck, seriously.

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