It means missing drivers for motherboard or no SP2 installed. SP2 contained more USB 2.0 fixes and XP didn't support USB 2.0 at all.
Too bad you didn't share the machine's details.
what does it mean when in device mgr it says" This device can not start (code 10) I have an external USB 250G storage drive that my computer will not recognize.
It will start up, spin, but the computer recognize it with the above error code