Question about ECS 945GZT-M (V1.0) Motherboard

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ECS 945GCT-M/1333 System Board

Continue to get a "pcy.sys" blue screen when attempting to install windows XP Pro. I am Microsoft certified and have seen this issue before, but using the onboard VGA with a standard analog LCD shouldn'tg be an issue.

Has anyone seen this and what BIOS setting addresses this? ECS website doesn't do much!

thx, Jim

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  • jim1937 Feb 01, 2008

    ecs 945gct-m/1333 MB with core 2 duo cpu

    blue screen (pci.sys) when trying to install xp or boot from a hd with xp (sp2) installed. I can install debian linux and ms vista. I even tried to install xp with a pci video card installed, but same results.

    The bios is correctly set.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

  • bigubig Feb 06, 2008

    BSOD on win xp install ( ECS945gct-m/1333)

    used pcie graphics card same problem . flashed

    bios with latest version from ecs website still bsod

    cpu e2160

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  • g_thron Jan 01, 2009

    witch video card can it support

  • Thomas Christopher
    Thomas Christopher May 11, 2010


    Does it give any other errors?



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I can see you getting an error with pci.sys but not with pcy.sys.
Did a full system scan in a working WinXP Pro & found not such animal within the system or regestry. After looking through microsoft I did come across pci.sys and what may creat such an error. I would point to your onboard VGA. If intergrated into the board as I suspect. It is a pci device. During install windows found something wrong with it hence your error & blue screen. Suggest using your PCIE card & set bios to same disabling the VGA. Your install should no longer fail.
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I have similar issue. nVidia 250 GTS 1gig. Ran great for several months then went to update driver from nvivdia and it wouldnt recognize my monitors resolution (1440X900) anymore. Noticed in device manager that the onboard VGA was having a problem. I tried uninstalling the new driver and then re-installing the old one and was told that the driver couldnt find a video card for that driver. Just for fun I plugged my monitor into my wifes video card nVidia 7600 and resolution came up fine so it wasnt the monitor. Pulled out my video card and put in my wifes. Still wouldnt recognise the monitors resolution so it wasnt the video card. I dont have much loaded on my computer so I formatted HD and reloaded OS (XP) and it still doesnt work My only assumption at this point is bad mobo at the video level (VGA adapter or pcie16x slot). Im gonna shop for a new mobo. I never had one go bad this quick.

Posted on Aug 05, 2010


This is the crappiest board i ever had!!!! i placed a1gb pci-e (frys on sale $90 after rebate) and the video worked fine... now if it could only recognize the correct hz for my cpu i could boot up.. take this crappy thing back and get some other board if you can!!!!

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Rod Earl solution worked for me. The first SR2 cd that I tried was too old, & still didn't work. I slipstreamed SR2 that I downloaded from ms into my original xp cd, then it installed perfectly without a problem.

I found the slipstream instructions here

Posted on Feb 10, 2008

Here I am with a similar problem - There's no obvious method to select the onboard VGA adapter. Contracted tech support and they said to select the "PCI Exp_VGA" setting in the Bios instead of the "PCI Card" (default). However, there is no entry for "PCI EXP VGA", only one for "PCI Express Card" and the default "PCI Card". This was not very intuitive and I assumed that tech support knew what they were talking about. I also have a problem with the entries because the screen says "Select which graphics controller to use as the primary boot device". Selecting either one picks up the onboard VGA adapter, which doesn't make too much sense, but again it might be semantics. Getting about ready to take the board and CPU back to Frys and get another board that may or may not work. What I'm seeing when I try to load WinMe or XP, it says Windows didn't get initialized all the way and puts me in Safe mode. Clicking on the Safe Mode just goes out and returns to the Safe Mode again. Sure would've been nice for them to put a BIOS entry that would allow one to select the onboard or external PCIEX16 card. I would try to use a PCIEX16 card, but paying $50 for a mobo and then putting in a $250 PCIEX16 card doesn't make sense.

Anyone else has seen this problem?

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If service pack 2 is not installed that will cause the problem. I learned this from a Fry's return / Mother board test person.

Posted on Jan 31, 2008

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