Boot a live cd to se if that works.
Install linux to an external usb drive- supported by fedora- and see if that boot sequence will work. Grub will not affect your Windows install and you can set the default to XP if you wish.
Having problems with booting at power-up.
Recently, with no apparent modification to system - at power up the system will often not boot. About 80% of time systems seems to go into a loop with CD/DVD drive light blinking a few times, then the floppy drive light comes on and can hear the FDD run ? within 30 seconds or so, this process starts over again. Power switch LED is on and HDD LED is on (continuously). All fans are running (power supply fan, case fan, CPU fan and Intel Canterwood 875 fan ).
Monitor power on light is in power save mode (amber) when system does not boot. When boot is successful the monitor power light turns green immediately.
After pressing the reset button several times (varies between pressing reset button 1 time to 30 or more times) system will then boot OK or go into set up.
Once running there is no apparent problem.
This motherboard comes with D Bracket containing 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 4 diagnostics LEDs - when boot problem occurs the diagnostic LEDs, give a code that in the MSI motherboard manual states ?Initializing Keyboard Controller? and diagnostic LEDs stays in this mode until via reset button provides a successful boot and start up.
Have reseated all connectors.
Motherboard ? MSI 875P Neo FIS2R (MSI 6758)
BIOS ? AMI v1.8 (has not been updated)
CPU ? Intel P4 2.6 GHz - system bus 800 MHz 512 KB L2 Cache
Memory ? 1.5 gb (2 x 256 mb and 2 x 512mb)
Power Supply ? Antec 380 watt
HDD ? IED WD 160 GB and IED WD 40 GB
Video Card ? ATI Radeon 9600 (128 RAM)
Operating System ? MS Windows XP Pro (sp2)