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PCI.SYS Windows XP Pro will not install

By Tane ยท 103 replies
Nov 3, 2004
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  1. kyuss

    kyuss TS Rookie

    Code 5 Error with Slipstream Disc

    I also got this error, went back through the eldergeek guide and realised that i did not correctly set the "Number of Loaded Sectors" to 4 when compiling the bootable disc.
  2. Scr3wFac3

    Scr3wFac3 TS Rookie


    its been a while since anyone has posted

    but just in case anyone is floating around out here

    i got a brand new pc with pci-E, im useing nothing but onboard plugins and brand new ram. i tried to put a HD with preinstalled XP pro in it,
    only to get the crashed screen, where it asks how you want to start,
    like safe mode and last known good config and such...
    when i try to load windows i got the blue screen and pci.sys error.

    so i tried to boot from cd and try to get on the XP pro disc to reformat
    or whatnot... it says loading files for a while then Blue Screened me again.

    So i read about this SlipStreaming stuff and the hype about SP2.
    Trying to be slick, i went and downloaded SP2 onto the HD and tried booting .. No MOre blue screen!... BUT instead when windows goes to load
    my pc just resets itself... and does this over and over....

    Even tho SP2 is allready on it would i Absolutely need the bootable
    SlipStreamed disc??

    Also, my cd drive dont have a burner so i cant make a SlipStreamed disc,
    is there anything i can download and put on the HD to help it?

    SHould i try putting Xp Pro on the Fat32 instead of NTFS?

    And finally, is it possible to use the new pc disc and install the mobo
    onto the HD from a nother computer? And would it even help?

    This is an ide HD!

    Any info is appreciated.. this is a real brain racker!

    PS theres no beeps or anything it seems like its wants to run fine
    ive tried to disable pci E but theres no disable option

    Thanks! :zzz:
  3. kyuss

    kyuss TS Rookie


    I would suggest that firstly you spend the 30$ to get a DVD burner. Make a slipstream disc, and then hook your whole system up and do a fresh install of XP Pro from the slipstreamed disc.

    The problem with pre-loading XP onto your HDD is that it will load all of the devices and drivers for the system you installed XP via, and then it will a hack-job to configure it correctly for your hardware when you bring the HDD over to your own machine.

    NTFS should be fine, but it does sound like there is a second problem with the un-prompted re-boot.

    Try burning the disc and fresh install, if that doesnt work, im kinda lost...
  4. Scr3wFac3

    Scr3wFac3 TS Rookie

    A bootable disc with sp2 worked. I used a windows recovery cd and had no problems.
    You cannot pre-install SP2 onto the hard drive then put it in, it wont work, has to boot!

    Once your loaded immediatly install your drivers to your system!
    I Failed to do so and my system crashed, and display drivers crashed and locked me in Low Res 4bit color!
    I could not fix this, my cd drive would not read cd's and i could not download. And this somehow corrupted the HD hence i couldnt reinstall. I had to boot from recovery cd again on a diff HD.. loaded windows, Slapped the drivers on fast as i could... and been running smooth for a while. GL HF!
  5. twoltl2lte

    twoltl2lte TS Rookie

    PCI.sys Error

    Well I have the same error.
    ASUS M2V-MS SE board
    1 gig of ram
    320 SATA Western D. drive

    And from past experance I can tell you that it is the harddrive.
    I installed XP Pro on a smaller drive 60 gig maxtor drive,it installed with no errors..

    So,Western drives suck....
  6. johnnyd777

    johnnyd777 TS Rookie

    XP with SP2 is the solver of this problem almost all of the time! The PCI-e needs the support on the SP2 embedded disk.
    Just ran into that problem last week and remembered the SP2 support.
  7. nchristie

    nchristie TS Rookie

    Confirmed Fix!

    Basically another extremely satisfied reader with the information here. I am confirming the (extremely well put together!) slipstreaming method described here works perfectly for this particular problem.

    winsupersite [dot] com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

    For staying at the top of google ^_^ :
    PCI.SYS Blue Screen of Death BSOD windows install setup problem trouble lock up lockup fix solution
  8. GodAmIt

    GodAmIt TS Rookie

    I just finished reading through all of these posts, and feel that my situation may be a combination of faults. Here's a little background:

    - Dell Latitude D620
    - I believe it's 512mB of RAM
    - 80gB HDD
    - DVD Write/Read drive
    - Core Duo processor

    When I bought it used, and tried getting onto it, it prompted me for an Administrator password. I thought of a few things, but no luck. I inserted ERD Commander, and tried to reconfigure the Admin passowrd, when I got the same Error Message as listed in this thread. Thinking it was a bad driver or sector, or even something deeper, and since I couldn't get it to boot into safe mode, I ran a Disk reformatter, which worked great. Now, when I try to install XP Sp2, I get the same message...

    Here's where I'm at..

    Since it initially POSTed and got to the XP Log-in screen (originally), I tend to not believe it's a video, memory or even a HDD error, however..

    The computer was transported, and it is possible that maybe the Memory is only partially working, HDD start up is not flawed, but something in the registry was corrupt, OR.... The DVD drive is bad, however, the disc reformatter worked fine (used a CD though)..

    I will try the slipstream on the existing discs I have, but anyone have any other ideas of what might cause this?? I believe it has an onboard X300, but I can't confirm it this second, since I'm about 100 miles away from home, with no laptop..


  9. lorij64

    lorij64 TS Rookie

    OK people...I'm really confused. When trying to install XP SP1 on brand new hard drive (160GB), it appears windows is loading and then like most of these other posts, the install stops at the BSOD with the exact same pci.sys error. This is the only computer I have. My other hard drive failed and so I'm starting fresh. How in the hell am I supposed to copy the files to the hard drive when I can't even get to the desktop? The install fails every single time. Having SP2 would be the solution (I have a PCI express slot on my new MOBO) but I should be able to use my original XP CD. Or does this mean I have to fork out another $100 for SP2 just so I can load windows? That's ridiculous seeing how my CD is like new, no scratches and it's paid for. Would I need to create this CD on another machine with a burner? I can do that here at work I guess. Can anyone be more specific on how to create the streamlined CD when I'm unable to load the O/S? I'm stuck... :-(
  10. l30n

    l30n TS Rookie

    Folks, just use another WIN XP media...it works!!! ;)

    haVE A NICE DAY.
  11. skaas

    skaas TS Rookie

    Hello Guys and Gals,

    I hope you are all well.....

    I have noticed a lot of you are experiencing problems when performing a fresh install, or after installing a PCI-E VGA.

    Now generally the issue is in regard to PCI-E

    PCI-E uses a system of power input / output regulators to valuate the needed power configurations for maximum performance of your GFX.

    Please note that even if you DO NOT have a PCI-E card installed on your machine, Windows will still try to install the port for the PCI-E.

    I will just clarify a fact here - PCI-Express DOES NOT require SP2 drivers in order to install, it is actually the drivers for windows ACPI which controls the power settings for the PCI-E.... it is simply the ACPI that needs to be configured correctly - SP2 includes a .ini file with its bootup that controls the ACPI.

    Usually by creating a slipstreamed version of Windows XP / SP2 will resolve your problems, a link has been provided above on how to do this (Read previous messages)

    Alternatively :


    You will need to add the three w's and a dot to that - can't post a link as my post count is less than 5 apparently

    This artical explains in detail how you may do this.

    Also the "All in one" SP2 for XP is now available for dirt cheap - thanks to Vista

    **Notes to clarify: Windows CAN be installed using a DVD - but please note that the initial "Read in" block is not the same on a standard CDR in apposed to a DVDR..... You can resolve this by adding a batch file to your cd during its creation.

    The best way to do this is to create an ISO of Windows and include the batch file during the writing process....

    Please use google for many many resources on how to include a standard CD-boot batch file onto a DVD

    **Notes to clarify : If you are using the standard windows xp or SP1 you will most certainly need to swap to SP2 streamlined and yes you will need a machine that can write to a CD to do this. (Refer to link above)

    **Extra note; Even if you do manage to install using a standard windows disc or SP1 supported disc.... when you attempt the install SP2 you will get return errors.... The true nature of this error is disputed but considerably - the real reason is unknown..... (Clarification would be appreciated)

    **Extra note: Non of your hardware matters in this instance - it has nothing at all to do with your hardware (unless it is PSU related)

    Your hard drive, graphics etc DO NOT play a part in this.... it is all SOFTWARE related issues - which is why there are "Workarounds"

    If you find that replacing your hard drive resolves this problem it is because the NEW Hard Drive has Never had a boot sector installed and so therefore does not contain ACPI management..... Windows XP will configure this for you in relation to your BIOS during the initial boot process.

    (Either that or your HDD is dead)

    However in some cases even after using a SLIP/SP2 you will have some problems

    Here are a few notes to clarify the possible problems, the reasons they may happen and what can be done to resolve them.

    i. The most common issue after initially beginning the process is SATA.

    If you are using a SATA drive - this can be a problem.... The usual fix is to install your OS onto an IDE HDD.

    Reboot your machine, during the initial startup enter BIOS.
    (Normally by pressing either the Esc, F10 or F11 key on startup)

    Once there navigate to your hardware / drives

    There is an option value for SATA

    As standard the value will show - SATA - Native Mode = Enabled
    Please set this value to = Disabled.

    This will bypass the settings needed to configure a SATA and will continue to install upon your IDE drive - this works in around 97% of reported cases.

    After which you can then return to BIOS and re-enable SATA native mode.

    ----- If you certainly require a SATA drive there is only ONE fix to the solution.

    When windows begins to install you will be asked if you need to install any

    Third party SATA or SCSI drivers - at this point you can install your SATA drivers using the Diskette that should have come with your MOBO....

    If you do not have the SATA diskette I suggest you take back your MOBO and demand one - it is needed.

    Alternatively contact the Vendor of the MOBO - Most companies will be more than happy to send you the SATA drivers through the post....

    You can find your Vendors contact details at the Back of your MOBO manual.

    ii. Board is not fully ACPI compatible

    This issue occurs when windows setup does not fully recognise your power input /output device

    There are two fixes

    Option A

    Buy a new power supply - Chances are you are using a Standard ATX format PSU (power supply unit), probably around 230w or 300w....

    If you are using a machine that has PCI-E enabled you will require at the very minimum a 450w ATX-2 PSU...

    This is due to windows seperating the power between your MOBO, CPU, HDD's and of course the PCI-E.... This is controlled by windows standard APCI
    (Advanced Power and Configuration Interface)

    If you do not have at least 450w PSU you will always have problem using PCI-E

    I highly recomend an AKASA - 750w ATX format 2

    This 750w PSU will more than meet the standard of most home machines

    Even if you do already have a 450w or above - sometimes simply changing your power supply unit will usually resolve this problem

    Option B

    Turn off ACPI during install

    When installing windows on a machine that uses PCI-E, sometimes windows does not recognise the power settings of the PCI port.

    During the intial startup process you will be prompted to install Third party drivers as mentioned above.

    Instead of installing the drivers hit F12 repeatedly when shown this message.

    You will be shown the windows ACPI startup configuration.

    Navigate to ACPI options and select Disabled.

    Windows startup will now "Turn off" your PCI-E port and continue installing, you can still use the PCI-VGA port to view the installation.

    This is because the adapter is still connected, you simply cannot get a powered PCI-E......

    PCI-E is powered ONLY to advance the process of cascaded light / shadow functions and still perform unpowered but only at a 16-bit level.

    This is more than enough to complete the installation.

    As soon as windows has completed the installation, immediately install your Graphics drivers and any standard version of Direct X - Preferebly 9.0b or 9.0c

    You may then re-enter BIOS after a reboot, navigate to your hardware devices and re-enable ACPI

    iii. Dual memory not reading correctly

    The quick fix for this is to install only ONE stick of RAM into your DIMM slot during the initial install...

    Once the install is complete - simply place the memory back

    This works for 99% of reported cases

    Final Note : Do not install Vista as an alternative

    Do not install Vista at all - the program is incomplete and very very bug ridden (maybe it is done on purpose) But for sure I cannot get Vista to perform in a business environment... not efficiently anyways....

    Vista = Doom

    I hope this helps at least one person
  12. GodAmIt

    GodAmIt TS Rookie

    Great info, however, I found my problem was neither of those, more of a manufacturer's specific install disc..

    This morning, after a buddy of mine had recommended trying to install Win2k (we have a bunch of copies readily available still), Win2k installed flawlessly...

    After this, we put the Generic XP install disc in, and tried to run set-up: BSOD again..

    Another person I work with, used to work for Dell, and mentioned that most newer Dell Products require a Dell-specific XP Install Disc, due to the drivers required for some of the services (ATi on-board graphics cards, SATA, other stuff)..

    It remains to be seen, since I'm still trying to track down an OEM Dell XP Install Disc. Hopefully I'll have one this afternoon, and I'll let you guys know how it works..

  13. skaas

    skaas TS Rookie

    Manufacture Disks

    Generally when pc's are supplied with restore disks it is optimal to use them...

    However you can install a standard XP OS on any machine....

    And here is how it can be done.

    Step One: Splitting the manufacturer disk

    When the restore discs are created the manufacturer simply merges thier drivers and programs with the XP installation.

    This means that all you need is to seperate, in your case, W2K from those drivers.

    Insert the disc you usually use that works and explore it in my computer.

    You will notice that either

    A. Windows has its own folder and the manufacturer programs / drivers have another - in this case it is easy

    Simply copy the folder into your root drive (c:)

    Give it the name " Drivers " and follow the steps above explaining how to streamline SP2 with XP, only this time where it mentions to merge SP2 replace this text in the command prompt with " Drivers " - the items you took from the restore disk.

    There you have it - XP streamlined with all your drivers

    Works for around 90% of all windows OS machines

    B. The windows installation files are in the root of the cd and appear to be scattered and unorganised, but your drivers will have its own folder.

    You will have to determine which folder contains the drivers etc.... It shouldn't be too hard as the folder normally has a name that is similar to that of the Manufacturer, your machine make or model.

    Once again simply copy those drivers and programs to your root drive (c:) and follow the steps above.

    The restore disks are made in the first place right? And so they can be replicated or created from scratch in the same manner....

    You should be able to find all the drivers you need for your machine by checking the manufacturers support page on their website....

    Unless of course it is an extremely old machine and they no longer offer support

    In this case you have a problem

    However most Pre-Programmed installer disks have specific drivers that are compatible with that Model and Make only....

    Did you know:

    You can also streamline third party drivers, programs, practically anything into an XP installation in the same way you can with SP2.....

    I for one have an XP DVD that installs everything all in one - Including all my office programs, nero 7, ACDSee, SP2, ALL windows XP updates and much more...

    What is more I added a user interface created in VB that allows you to tick boxes, selecting each component you wish to install.

    All this can be done at once, Even on a first time install !!

    How cool is that?

    If anyone would like to try this or needs help / tips on how to do this - Please feel free to PM me or send me an Email...

    I will be more than happy to help

    --- T ---
  14. Cleversing

    Cleversing TS Rookie

    someblack you are the man!!!!!

    Dude I followed the instructions to the T. and created my slipstream XP ISO disk.. YES your the bomb man, thank you so much. I work for the gov and several of us network engineers worked on this for days!! we just couldn't figure it out. Great job thank you!
  15. Cleversing

    Cleversing TS Rookie

    real black stuff and kow are right!!!

    You are right!! real black stuff was right!!! follow the instructions at this site
    theeldergeek.com/slipstreamed_xpsp2_cd.htm[/url] and your problems with
    the Dell precision M6300 STOP: PCI error will be fixed. who ever figured this out is the Bomb!!! Thanks a million no 2 million!!! you da man!!!!
  16. TAK

    TAK TS Rookie

    Now that I've created the image file, can I burn it to cd using Nero 6 Startsmart or do I need the full Nero 6 Burning Rom?
  17. dabbaah@aol.com

    dabbaah@aol.com TS Rookie

    I did a stupid thing and uninstalled SP2 on my laptop running XP Professional. I get the blue screen with pci.sys Address F75DD0BF... error everytime I try to boot, whether safe mode or normal mode.
    Can I use the slipstreamed method to boot my machine and get past the blue screen error? Or is it only going to format my hard drive and do a fresh install? I'm trying to recover my hard drive. I don't want to loose anything.
  18. DC10

    DC10 TS Rookie

    I'm hoping someone can shed some light and assist me with these error messages I'm receiving.


    pci.sys is missing or corrupt.

    a blue screen appears when i insert my windows xp (home edition) CD while it attempts to download it's contents in hope of repairing or deleting the existing windows xp. it won't even allow me to repair, delete -- anything--, the existing windows xp already installed. i used to be able to logon and use my laptop months ago without any problems but now i can no longer access anything to my knowledge but BIOS (F1) upon startup which hasn't helped me.


    when i turn on my laptop for use without the windows xp (home edition) CD a darker blue screen appears showing an error message that briefly reads the program must shut down (with a page of error descriptions) and does so immediately. i say brief because it doesn't even allow me time to read it as the blue screen appears and shuts down.


    i am trying to get the information that is stored on the windows xp that was running before these blue error messages occured and use it further or delete it and install a fresh copy. they are important to me and i need help.

    any affirmative ideas please?
  19. DC10

    DC10 TS Rookie


    I've got a problem if you can take a few moments and shed some knowledge or instruction as I need to get information that is important to me for september (studies):)

    pci.sys file is missing or corrupt.

    i receive two (2) blue messages: one is the above and the other is a detailed darker blue error message that quickly shuts down the computer - only to do the same.

    the pci.sys file missing or corrupt occurs only when i insert my windows xp (home edition) CD into the drive for repair or to delete the existing windows xp and apply a fresh copy. it doesn't allow me to get into the cd's contents because of this erro message. if the disk is not in during a regular bootup the detailed darker blue message appears and quickly reboots to "protect your system from damage".

    the only option i know is F8 (all options fail because of the detailed error message), which nothing works, and F1 (BIOS) which nothing has worked for me either.

    i've been reading about creating a streamlined disk....is this the answer for my software (windows xp home ed. with SP2)?

    what do you think? what is answer here?

    your time is greatly appreciated.

    current problem is on an ibm thinkpad 390e pentium II
  20. DC10

    DC10 TS Rookie

    hi. i've got the same error pci.sys message... the current problem is on an ibm thinkpad 390e pentium II, all worked before with the same windows xp home edition, but absolutely nothing works in terms of fixing this. this error is in the way. how do i get it out?

    i insert the xp cd and the error prevents me from viewing the contents on the cd to repair, delete, or install a fresh copy.


    ah help!
  21. vicemen

    vicemen TS Rookie

    im having a simillar problem

    i have a hp pavillion a6115.pt and i cant find the vidio controller driver and pci drives anywere can someone help please?
  22. DC10

    DC10 TS Rookie

    Any advice???

    An IBM Thinkpad 390e using Windows XP with Service Pack 2 2002 version has experienced (blue message) pci.sys file missing or corrupt?

    Any idea other than streamline with Service Pack 2?
  23. toasted

    toasted TS Rookie

    So, I have been working on fixing my uncle's computer and have had no luck.
    It has has this problem before and they got it fixed, but now its back. I am encountering 2 BSODs actually one when i try to boot windows and one when I try to run the installation cd.

    The BSOD on boot is 0x0000007B
    The BSOD when using the installation cd is 0x0000007E, pci.sys problem.

    Now i have run memtest86 got nothing, run the DellDiag tools and got nothing, eventually i tried to give up and ran Dell's Automated System Recovery(Symantec Ghost).

    The Computer is a Dell XPS 410
    It used to have a raid array installed now there is only 1 hard drive, probably the other tech's way of fixing it. Also there is no floppy drive installed and as far as I can tell there is no floppy power cable.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  24. paulbarton

    paulbarton TS Rookie

    XP Pro will not install PCI.Sys error

    I have struggled with this one for ages but due to you clear and complete description i now have a new clean install of a XP Pro SP2 streamline proceeding as we speak. I am indebted to you - you really saved my bacon and i will be a devoted follower and contributor from here on in
  25. gweedoboy

    gweedoboy TS Rookie

    Just one more confirmation. This does work. It is the ONLY method I found that worked. I tried many other things first before I found this thread. Thanks to all who contributed.

    -C.B. 03/09/08

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