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BIOS Error Code 38 "Shadow System BIOS ROM" - what does it mean?

By Daumier ·
my motherboard won't boot so I plugged in a diagnostic card. It stops at code "38".

I was told the it's a Phoenix BIOS. According to Phoenix's Error-code list 38 stands for "Shadow System BIOS ROM". I know what ROM shadowing is but what does this error message really mean? And what can I do about it?

Best regards,

I'm talking about a Thinkpad T30, an IBM made laptop with a 2 GHz Pentium 4 Mobile with 512 KB onboard L2 cache memory and 400MHz front side bus.
Intel chipset:
South Bridge FW82801CAM HUB3 ICH3-M SL5YP
North Bridge RG82845MP 845MP MCH SL66J

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Repost as 'Q&A'

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to BIOS Error Code 38 "Shado ...

Try reposting this in the 'Q&A' forum. The 'Discussion' forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution. The 'Water Cooler' is for non-technical discussions. You can submit a question to 'Q&A' here:


There are TR members who specifically seek out problems in need of a solution. Although there is some overlap between the forums, you'll find more of those members in 'Q&A' than in 'Discussions' or 'Water Cooler'.

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Though here is that Error Code on the Diagnostic Card or reported from the BIOS?

You'll have to look at the error codes from the card if that is what is telling you this error message and not Phoenix.


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Interesting that this same post

by Michael Jay In reply to Repost as 'Q&A'

is on several other tech boards, just saying...

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reposted in Q&A >> Hardware

by Daumier In reply to BIOS Error Code 38 "Shado ...

reposted in Q&A >> Hardware. Thanks for pointing me.

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