Hello K, thanks for joining the Intel community.
First of all, I think it will be necessary to update the BIOS on your board before doing any else. I would like to tell you that going straight to the latest version shouldn't be a problem, technically speaking. However based on experience, there is always chance.
The current BIOS version on your motherboard is 0039. This specific model number has 11 newer BIOS versions. So please install the following version and then try the installation of the OS again.
It is important to mention that when installing Windows 7, it will be necessary to have Legacy Boot enable.
BIOS version 0045 Intel® Download Center
Version 0053 Intel® Download Center
Version 0057 Intel® Download Center
Version 0061 Intel® Download Center
Version 0066 Intel® Download Center
Please let me know the results.
Just an update for anyone else that comes across the same issue -
Updated BIOS one by one up to current BIOS 66. With Legacy boot enabled, I tried each variation of SATA DVD options in the boot menu and even tried a USB external DVD drive - each with the same result - blank screen after selecting the drive from the menu. Tried with two different Win7 DVDs, same result as well. In an email chain, Intel replied that it may be best to return motherboard and that's where I am currently awaiting reply. I'm going to assume a new mobo will not have this issue.