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    Hey all,

    I've just finished up installing iAtkos v7 on my dell xps m1530 (dual booting into windows 7 using chameleon v2). My osx partition is working great. However, when i try to boot up on the windows partition, i get the error:

    "The boot selection failed because a rqeuired device is inaccessible."

    I have already tried repairing using the windows 7 install disc. When it asks me what OS i want to repair, there is nothing on the list. If i click past it and try to repair on an unknown OS, it tells me it cannot fix my error.

    The error code is Oxc000000e.

    It is interesting to note that after i repartitioned the the drive (but before i installed iAtkos) i successfully booted up and logged into my windows partition. It only stopped working AFTER i installed iAtkos. My research points to some sort of boot-file being missing and corrupt. Perhaps the work of chameleon? I have no idea.

    Anyone seen this before?



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    Hi,
    1. Would you still be able to boot to OSX using Chameleon?
    2. How did you use Chameleon to boot to Windows7 partition?

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    Yes. I'm on my osx now. When i turn on my laptop, it goes to the chameleon bootloader. If I choose my osx partition, all loads as i would expect. If i choose my windows OS partition, i get the error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sethnel99 View Post
    Yes. I'm on my osx now. When i turn on my laptop, it goes to the chameleon bootloader. If I choose my osx partition, all loads as i would expect. If i choose my windows OS partition, i get the error.
    1. You did well in doing partition and installing Chameleon, otherwise it won't recognize your partitions.
    2. When you pause Chameleon to select OS's, did you see the volume named System Reserved?

    Well, if you do then select that to see if it will load your win7.

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    I don't. I have four primary partitions that show up.

    1) Dell Utility
    2) Recovery
    3) OS (original windows OS partition)
    4) OSx86

    Another (possibly) interesting thing to note: the first few times i booted up in osx, i could see/explore all four of my partitions (they all showed up on the desktop and under 'devices' in finder). Now, I can only see/explore DellUtility and OSx86. The other two are unmounted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sethnel99 View Post
    I don't. I have four primary partitions that show up.

    1) Dell Utility
    2) Recovery
    3) OS (original windows OS partition)
    4) OSx86

    Another (possibly) interesting thing to note: the first few times i booted up in osx, i could see/explore all four of my partitions (they all showed up on the desktop and under 'devices' in finder). Now, I can only see/explore DellUtility and OSx86. The other two are unmounted.
    Yes, I see. We are talking about partitions in boot menu selection at Chameleon screen.

    Your win7 should have 3 partitions, if preinstalled. One of them is MS System Reserved, hidden partition, 100 MB in size. Also that is where your Windows7 bootloader started. (not your windows os partition, that is why you select it, there is error).

    Maybe Dell just like to change the name, try to select that Dell Utility see where it goes, or you can check the volume size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratvn View Post
    Yes, I see. We are talking about partitions in boot menu selection at Chameleon screen.

    Your win7 should have 3 partitions, if preinstalled. One of them is MS System Reserved, hidden partition, 100 MB in size. Also that is where your Windows7 bootloader started. (not your windows os partition, that is why you select it, there is error).

    Maybe Dell just like to change the name, try to select that Dell Utility see where it goes, or you can check the volume size.
    I'm afraid not. Dell Utility allows you to check your memory for inconsistencies.

    My dell came preinstalled with 4 primary partitions. DellUtility, Recovery, OS, and a random fourth one with MediaDirect on it. I deleted this last one. Again, after I did all of my partitioning my windows still booted correctly.

    If I have a System Reserved partition, it is not showing up in Disk Utility and is not showing up in chameleon. I don't remember it showing up in GParted at all to be honest.

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    Well, that is a bit strange. Windows 7 standard installation would include that System Reserved 100 MB hidden Primary partition for booting. I wonder if Dell would change that to something else.
    Two things you could do. Go to disk utility and see how many partitions are in the hard drive.
    Google for windows 7 system reserved, and go to dell web site to see if there any document related to it.
    I will try some search when having time see if I can come up with anything.

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    fixed! Solution:
    1) Set windows as primary partition
    2) Boot into windows installation disk, repair computer
    3) Boot into windows, set osx to primary partition
    4) works!

    Sources:
    InsanelyMac Forum > OS X + Windows 7 + GPT + Chameleon 2 = Finally Works
    Windows 7 0xc000000e boot error

    thanks for taking the time to answer my posts

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    You're welcome.
    You are the one who fixed it though, well done
    Thank you for coming back and sharing your solution.

    Regards


 

 

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