I have tried all of the following options listed below. I created a troubleshooting Doc out of it purely because it was annoying to have to look it up again and people at work are getting on me about documentation. Anyhow, check out the following things I have tried.
---Reset NVRAM and PRAM---
- Shutdown ---all the way off
- Boot up and immediately hold down COMMAND + OPTION + P + R (all at the same time)
- Wait until you hear the chime indicating that it has rebooted again
- Optional - You can continue to hold down the command + option + p + r key combo and wait until you hear the unit reboot several times. It won't hurt anything
---Verify and Repair Disk Permissions---
- Use OSX operating system Boot Disk and use Disk Utility (Refer to steps 5 and 6 in option 2 below)
- Start with two Macs. One good and one bad.
- Connect the bad machine to a good Mac via a Firewire800 cable
- Shutdown the bad machine -- wait -- and boot up the bad mac holding T
- Hold T until you see the bad mac show up under Disk Utility on the good Mac.
- Open Disk Utility and select verify permissions
- Wait for verify to complete and select repair permissions if necessary
---Boot into Safe Mode---
- Turn off Mac
- Turn on Mac and hold Shift key until it shows a progress indicator bar under the boot logo
- Browse web for further help with things to do after safe mode
---Boot into Single-User or Verbose Mode---
- Turn off Mac
- Turn on Mac and hold Command + [V for Verbose] or [S for Single-User]
- Watch the boot and see what it hangs on
OK so after all of the above things have been tried, I decided to do a Verbose boot nad post an image. It stops right after getting to the network cards. Please see image.