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Lock symbol when trying to boot while holding option
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Mar 14, 2008, 12:47 PM
 
I'm getting both systems to boot, but when I hold down option key when starting up, I get a lock symbol and has to type in a password. And no password I use works. So, to get the right system to boot, I have to choose it in the system I'm in at any time and then reboot from there.

Anyone knows what this means?
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Mar 14, 2008, 08:03 PM
 
Sounds like you have an EFI password set.
What Apple do you have and where did you acquire it from?
     
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Mar 16, 2008, 02:38 PM
 
Yes, of course! Then I'll know the password too. Checking... (have an MacBook from last fall).
     
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Mar 16, 2008, 02:41 PM
 
Yes, it was the correct password - it was the the EFI. But another question rises: I only get to choose the OS X system, Windows doesn't show up as an option at all...?
     
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Mar 16, 2008, 03:56 PM
 
Originally Posted by foffster View Post
Yes, it was the correct password - it was the the EFI. But another question rises: I only get to choose the OS X system, Windows doesn't show up as an option at all...?
Is this a late 2007 MacBook? I've seen that issue before on that machine. Not sure if there was a fix, but you could try resetting the PRAM on restart. It's possible the master boot record is corrupt somehow which may require a format and reinstall of OS X and Windows. Window's may still work, but you'll have to go to System Prefs and select the startup disk each time you want to switch systems.
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Mar 16, 2008, 05:34 PM
 
Yes, it's the late 2007 MacBook. I'd just formated the harddisk (made an image from the original disk and put it back again to fragment it correctly - had problems installing boot camp to begin with) and installed Windows on the machine. As it is now, I can open Windows with no problems, but I have to choose it from the startup disk in OS X.
     
   
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