: It could be a few things that could cause this that I can think of:1.
It could be the disk drive is dirty and needs cleaning.
See this link - CD Lens/3.5" Drive Cleaner Combo
Although I haven't seen this particular message caused by a dirty disk drive....2.
The drive might be failing. You could replace it with something like this - Ultra Beige 3.5" Floppy Drive with Built-in 6-in-1 Flash Card Reader
I would suggest trying to install the diskette drive from your other computer to see if it actually is a problem with the diskette drive. If opening the cover of your computer is something you're not comfortable doing, you can always come back here and get more detailed instructions. 3.
It could be a defective data cable from your floppy drive to the motherboard that is defective. That could be verified by installing the other disk drive as mentioned in #2.4.
I would never rule out a XP driver issue.
You can try the suggestions I mentioned above..or not. Over the past few years, floppy drives have almost become obsolete in favor of removable media devices like the USB Thumb Drive.
Hope that helps,