thanks so far... i tried this step by step way of booting from a usb drive-- http://service.msicomputer.com/html/popup/custservice/images/BIOS_FD.pdf
everything was good until step 8. When i rebooted it did not come up with DOS mode, and just said remove other devices and media, press anykey to start. Are you saying i should drag all files from cd to usb? if so, what then do i do with that?