Thats not a bios failure, its just intel putting their logo over the info. Usually pushing one of the F keys will get rid of the logo and show other information. Otherwise, you have to go into the BIOS and turn off quiet boot (i think that is what its called). Either way, you need to get into the BIOS to tell if you can boot from a USB.
Removing the RAM will cause the computer to beep. It won't boot without it.
Also, pushing the pause key on the keyboard will cause the computer to pause the boot process allowing you more time to look along the bottom of the screen for the appropriate key to push to get where you need to go. If its an intel motherboard, I would imaging one of the F keys 1-12 will get you to the BIOS. I would guess F2, F9, or F11. Could be another one though. Without knowing a model number on the Motherboard, I can't tell much else.