Any Windows XP gurus here?

I’m having issues with a computer which I had built this past year (2018) by an outside specialist for legacy video work. The hardware I’m using doesn’t work under Vista or later and I use it only as a standalone capture unit isolated from all networks. It was working when I received it, but now I get the error message, “A disk read error has occurred…” and I’m unable to do anything further with it. I get the BIOS display all right, but I haven’t been able to boot or run either the Windows XP (re)installation disk or any diagnostic utilities either from USB or CD-ROM. I have asked for help on one of the dedicated technical forums, but I thought I’d put out a call for assistance here, as well. (Ashmire, if you draw the Death card…keep it a secret, OK?! [Just kidding!])

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