I am seeing the exact same problem, where after the installation and a reboot, the system just hangs at the line after statd with a blinking cursor.
I'm starting to hate this already since I don't know yet what could be causing it. If it's hanging after the dot and newline after statd have been displayed, then it could be stalling trying to connect to the mysql server (which is local actually, and should have no problem).
Another thing to note is that during the install it detected the dlink pci network card I added (connected to a cable modem) as well as the motherboard's onboard gigabit connection.
I used the onboard gigabit for the first install that worked fine, but now in this second install where I used the dlink connection, the leds to indicate that the onboard lan has a link don't even light.
That's weird. What model is the on-board card? Normally you should get it autodetected the same way as it was detected by the installer. You can also try to load the module manually (if you know what it's called).
Anyways, if I can manage to ssh in I'll poke around (which is a little hard because the second network card connected to my switch doesn't show that there is a link, and I have no idea what the IP is that the cable modem has assigned me is).
If the installation finished and you use DHCP, you can find your IP address from the console with the "ifconfig" and "ip a" commands.