In an old version of Linux. Suse 9.2 does load USB support for mice and keyboard so its a non-issue with that distro (you didn't share which you tried!)
If you don't get the mouse working or plug in a PS2 mouse for install then use the tab key to get to the box to press it with enter.
While installing linux, I need the mouse to make some choices, BUT, I have a Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard, and the USB driver is not loaded at that time of installation,making me unable to make the choices. Is there a way around this ?