First I'll explain some of the recent history of the comp in quiestion (stepdad's frankenstein comp), a few weeks ago he had some kind of error with windows and the mom and pop store that had built the comp for him didn't give him the reinstall disk....So once this error with his window's operating system had occurred he went and bought a new copy of the windows XP service pack 2. Now he installed that apparently and im not fully up to date on any options he had used in that process. Now is when I have to step in and begin doing work on his comp. after re-installing the new copy of windows XP the drivers for his sound card and video card were nowhere to be found....after much research and some help from the hackers section of yahoo chat rooms I found where to look and how to find the drivers installed them and it all appeared to be just fine from then on. Now about 3 weeks later his comp has screwed up again and I believe its more than i can handle alone. according to what he has told me of when the error originally occurred, a error window poped up on him late as he was going to bed said something along the lines of Win32 has come across an error please re-install windows to repair (not sure exactly what it said but something along those lines) he shut down the computer. the next morning he turned it back on and it started up and went through the system start up to the last part of the black screen and stops says "A Disk Read Error Has Occurred-Press Alt+Ctrl+Delete to restart. now from this point i haven't been able to get anything else done I have no idea what to do and can't get the computer to respond in any way other that to go to the BIOS screen. I can access most information on hardware for the comp if any of that info will help just ask i will repost it as soon as i know what you need.
I appreciate any help on this issue and the quick resolution there of!!!!