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I am having problem starting Parity with a account that I created using Metamask. This account 0x76Eb17471A5fb78EF6768254D1dAEc528ec6b5a8 has received multiple ETH from Kovan faucets.

Running the following in Windows 10

parity --chain kovan --unlock 0x76Eb17471A5fb78EF6768254D1dAEc528ec6b5a8 --password password.txt

Gives the error

Account 76eb…b5a8 not found for the current chain. You can create an account via RPC, UI or parity account new --chain kovan --keys-path C:\Users\test\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\keys.

But this account does exist in the Kovan chain! Whats the problem here?

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2017-09-17 19:01:01  Starting Parity/v1.7.0-beta-5f2cabd-20170727/x86_64-windows-msvc/rustc1.18.0
2017-09-17 19:01:01  Keys path C:\Users\test\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\keys\Kovan
2017-09-17 19:01:01  DB path C:\Users\test\AppData\Local\Parity\Ethereum\chains\kovan\db\9bf388941c25ea98
2017-09-17 19:01:01  Path to dapps C:\Users\test\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\dapps
2017-09-17 19:01:01  State DB configuration: fast
2017-09-17 19:01:01  Operating mode: active
Account 76eb…b5a8 not found for the current chain. You can create an account via RPC, UI or `parity account new --chain kovan --keys-path C:\Users\test\AppData\Roaming\Parity\Ethereum\keys`.
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I was running into this as well. I think the issue was how I created my account.

I created my account through parity account new which defaults to the ethereum chain. I had to call parity account new --chain kovan instead. Then, I was able to unlock my parity kovan account.

Check and see if your account address shows up when you invoke parity account list --chain kovan

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