75 views and nobody's got anything? Am I asking the wrong question here? Does anyone have any advice? Sorry for my lack of competance, I'm a software guy and this is really far from anything I've dealt with. I just didn't think it'd be that hard to boot into a USB when other computers I've tried can do it easily!
Ok, I *think* it's a master boot record issue; nothing on the part of linux or the motherboard. I haven't gotten it fixed yet but I will post confirming if I do.