Keyborad/boot/format problem

Well i have toshiba laptop A210-15j with windows xp currently on and i really want a fresh start on that laptop ... format every single unit of memory and maybe install ubuntu, xubuntu, anything but windows.
Well here the problem starts, when i put usb with something that i want to install (ubuntu 15,14) or format (dban) keyboard becomes unresponsive.
I dont know what to do, and the sad thing is dvd player is not working (daemon tools broke it or someone else ... maybe me ... who knows).
I ran out of my noob options, and i beg for help or for a grain of wisdom.

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While rare this is why

I plug in some USB keyboard and mouse when booting from an Ubuntu DVD. As to daemon tools that sounds like the old CODE 19, 31 or such issue. But that issue does not apply to when we boot any Linux USB or DVD.

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Help, i need somebody, help,
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There are now a dozen distros.

A XP machine? Time to try the other distros. It sounds like one of the rare machines that will have you hunting down other distros or even trying BSD.

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Originally it was Vista. Can u recommend something lightweight?

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You could try Puppy Linux, but I bet Mint Linux is best.

You haven't said how much RAM you have, so we're forced to guess here, but if you can run Vista and XP, you probably can run Mint.

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