you should be able to set your boot device from inside the bios, no boot menu (f9) is necessary. also make sure legacy usb support is enabled in your bios or your mobo might not always recognize input key commands from a usb keyboard
Thanks for the replies. I figured it out like 10 minutes after I posted.
I was accessing the BIOS through the Delete key and finally found the boot sequence setting and changed it.
Is it strange that F1 works, yet F8 and F9 didn't?