You said that: install Windows 7, it installs happily, then after the final reboot, it sits on a blank screen with a blinking command prompt cursor, doing nothing.
Trough the POST can you see the BIOS display screen?
Try to put the drive on another system with a USB caddy. Is it recognized? Do you get any errors?
Your HDD could be faulty- Have you tried a different one?
You could also try to install a different operating system- Just to verify if it is a hardware issue or software.
Tried 2 different hard drives - no avail.
The Windows 7 installer works fine. Formats, installs, is happy. The PC reboots - and boots Windows from the hard drive for the first time, where the PC name, network settings, user accounts and windows update settings are finalised. Afterwards, the PC reboots so Windows can start properly, and then it just stalls.
I'm thinking the problem may be Win7's default driver set might not be compatible with the motherboard - the first windows boot is probably some sort of safe mode start.
So, I'm downloading as many windows updates as I can, and slipstreaming them into a new install disc. It may solve the problem.
I'm also having the same problem!! The exact same thing happened to me as well! My previous motherboard died and i replaced with DG41RQ. And i bought a new 500 HDD too. I installed Windows 7. Installing perfect without any troubles. After reboot blank screen appears with the cursor blink on the left top corner! After that i installed Windows Vista! I faced the same problem again! After that i installed Windows XP. And it's working perfect without any troubles! And i'm using Windows XP now. But i seriously wanted to use the latest Windows 7! But with this DG41RQ Mother board i couldn't make it.
So far the only solution which i found is to install Windows XP!!
I would be glad if anyone could help me/us to install Windows 7 in this DG41RQ motherboard!
If anyone knows pleeeeeeeeeeaaseeeee helpp....
Not to worry ..
Below steps will help to resolve the issue..
You have to rewrite the boot sector to resolve this issue..
Insert the Windows 7 DVD to the drive .. and Boot from DVD .. you will reach the screen where its mentioned Click "Install" for new installation..
Do not click on install you will get an option on bottom side of the page "Repair your computer" ..
Select the same system will ask the repair mode .. select command prompt as repair option ..
Once you reach the command prompt .. type below codes..
bootrec/fixboot .. Press enter .. you will get message operation completed sucessfully.. if not type bootrec\fixboot
Then type bootrec/fixmbr ... Press enter .. you will get message operation completed sucessfully.. if not type bootrec\fixmbr
Restart the machine and boot from HDD...