Boot error after Windows Update

Posted on 2006-04-26
Last Modified: 2008-02-07
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!

Question by:Roger_Doger
    LVL 53

    Expert Comment

    by:Will Szymkowski
    Can you get into windows at all? If you can do a system restore.
    LVL 2

    Accepted Solution

    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:

    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.


    Author Comment

    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!

    Author Comment

    I found your link to acronymsonline to be very helpful, so I will reward the pints to you.

    Featured Post

    6 Surprising Benefits of Threat Intelligence

    All sorts of threat intelligence is available on the web. Intelligence you can learn from, and use to anticipate and prepare for future attacks.

    Join & Write a Comment

    Suggested Solutions

    Occasionally Windows/Microsoft Updates will fail to update. We have found a code that will delete all temporary files and re-register all dll's related to Windows/Microsoft Updates! This works 99% of the time to get the updates working again! The…
    I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This co…
    Sending a Secure fax is easy with eFax Corporate ( First, Just open a new email message.  In the To field, type your recipient's fax number You can even send a secure international fax — just include t…
    This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…

    745 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    18 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now