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Getting "mbr Error 2"


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#1 indarkflames

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:24 PM

I just flashed/upgraded my BIOS for my motherboard, and now XP doesn't even boot up.
After the BIOS load, I get a "MBR error 2" message and it just stays there.
My board is an Asus P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe. I used the Asus Update Utility to flash my BIOS.

Please help, what do I do?!

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 06:40 PM

Boot the computer from your WinXP CD. Select the Recovery Console option and run FIXMBR command.

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 07:06 PM

The computer didnt come with an XP CD...only the recovery XP CD, which can only put the computer back to its original purchased state...

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 07:21 PM

could I use something offered in bootdisk.com?
If yes, which one is recommended?

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 08:50 PM

You need to get the one that matches your version of WinXP.

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 09:26 PM

I did the fixmbr command and now the error message doesnt even show up, just a blank dos page...
All I wanted to do was update my BIOS, this is ridiculous. Does this mean I lost all my files and have to reinstall windows? Would that even fix the problem???

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 02:34 AM

I'm assuming that you don't have a backup of your data?

You still should be able to get at your data:

1. Remove your HDD and slave it to another machine.

2. Use a bootable CD such as the UBCD or a Live Linux distribution.
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:56 AM

An improper BIOS flash can render your system useless. This can even be caused by power fluctuations during the flash process.

As Budapest suggests, the most important thing now is to do a backup! This'll preserve any data that you may be in danger of losing.

As for the hard drive, first try one of the free, bootable diagnostic tools available from the hard drive manufacturer to test the hard drive for problems.

Also, ensure that you've loaded the appropriate drivers for your hard drive (mobo/chipset drivers and the SATA driver (if SATA equipped)).

To see if it's the BIOS, I'd suggest trying another hard drive in the system to see if you can get it to properly install Windows.
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 11:04 AM

At the prompt in the Command window (XP doesn't use MS/DOS) type exit, remove the boot disk and then press the <Enter> key. See if it boots to Windows.
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 07:16 PM

I dont have a bootdisk, I dont have a floppy drive. The flashing itself was done within XP, via Asus Update software. And also, I cannot type anything in the blank black screen that I am faced with...

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 07:18 PM

Use a boot CD then - they're available at http://www.bootdisk.com
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Posted 25 January 2007 - 07:18 PM

BTW, I DO have SATA and RAID 0 enabled, could that be a factor in this issue?

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:20 PM

Use a boot CD then - they're available at http://www.bootdisk.com


I actually made a boot CD yesterday, of an earlier version of the BIOS and once the CD boots, I am faced with A: and R: but I dont know what to do after that...

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 09:34 PM

I am happy to inform you guys that I am typing this from my computer :thumbsup:
All the problem was that after the Flashing, the SATA RAID 0 settings had gotten defaulted so I enabled them and bam! All running smooth :flowers:

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 01:22 AM

Good to hear that you sorted it out and thanks for posting back with the solution - it may help someone else with the same problem in the future.
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