Same I am trying to find videos of my vostro 1000 and see if any have booted linux mint on there, but turns out there is none.The usb ports are fine, when i plug in my usb it lights up.Like i said previously my only option might be the booting from a DVD.Also one question will any cd disc do, for example like a movie disc or no?I am at a complete loss. Your computer is 64 bit capable, I verified that by looking up your CPU's stats.
I am pretty much out of ideas. At this point, I'd say to heck with it and try a 32 bit OS just as a lark. I really can't think of anything else. Is it possible that the USB ports are dead? I really have run out of ideas.
Hopefully someone will pop in with more knowledge than I have.