Boot error after Windows Update

After installing two MS Updates and then rebooted the computer, I get 2 beeps and an error message "Strike F1 to Retry Reboot, F2 for Setup Utility"

1. The CMOS is Okay... All hard drives are detected and properly configured.
2. There is no conflict with drive names (C:, D:, E:, etc...) and all drives are in excellent health.
3. I used a live boot CD and am able to get all data and drives
4. I had this before after an MS update, and it may have been fixed through booting to the XP Pro disc, going to recovery, and doing a repair scan and then a fixmbr command... I think, and I don't remember the commands.

Any ideas or help, please!

Dave
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Can you get into windows at all? If you can do a system restore.
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Matt LynchSystem AdministratorCommented:
2 beeps (1 long 1 short) generally means a bad mother board, but that can depend on the bios manufacturer.  You can find a list here:  

http://acronymsonline.com/lists/beep_chart.asp

You could also try to Last Known Good Configuration if you haven't.  Hit F8 while booting up to get to the boot options.

But if you are not getting to that point or the point where you can boot into Safe Mode then it would indicate a hardware problem.


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Roger_DogerAuthor Commented:
I did additional research outside of EE, and found a Dell user's input on the subject.  Here are his comments: "If it's a Dell and when you get that message, go into BIOS setup and hit Alt-F. You'll hear a beep.  Press Alt-B. This flushes the drive settings in BIOS and forces a rescan of the drives on startup."  

I appreciate the help nonetheless!
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Roger_DogerAuthor Commented:
I found your link to acronymsonline to be very helpful, so I will reward the pints to you.
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