No Distros working for my Computer
So I have an IBM Thinkpad that's really old with Windows XP on it. However, it runs really slowly, not to mention it looks ugly too. Because I've been wanting to try Linux for a while now, I decided to go for it with this computer. After many tries I could not get it to properly boot or install. Now, I believe, I'm left with no OS.
I started off by trying to boot it from a usb but it didn't work so I switched to CD. I've tried Lubuntu, Unity, and Bodhi. Considering the fact that my computer has only 128MB memory, I've gone for the smaller Distros. All not booting properly or installing. By not booting properly I mean that it freezes during the process. For Bodhi, I successfully booted it from a CD but after a few minutes it froze. And sometimes it freezes while at the theme choosing theme.
For Lubuntu, it seems to have been installed. I go the the last screen(I believe) that says something like the installation is done, restart but make sure you take the CD out so it doesn't boot from the CD again and start the installation process over. At which point I take the CD out and then turn off the computer and turn it back on.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong, and I don't want to spend any more time trying to install Linux-- I want to start to learn more about it by using it. Any suggestions and advice would be helpful. Thank in advance.