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"Memory Card Error,""Card Locked"

I just won this camera on eBay. It was listed as a working camera, but after I purchased it I find out (in the finer detail) that the camera has a message in the window that says; "memory card error" and "card locked." Have I been (forgive my term) screwed?
I haven't actually got the camera yet; should be a couple of days. I thought I should do as much research as I could.
Do you have any suggestions, or should I dispute this sale?
I appreciate any help,
HIGHLY INEXPERIENCED

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  • stanlickd Sep 11, 2008

    Thanks very much for your help. As I said, it should be a couple of days before I get this camera. When I do, I will let you know how this solution worked. It sounds good to me; and once again, thanks a lot for your help.
    Stanlick


  • stanlickd Sep 16, 2008

    I got the camera, and did what was recommended. I very much appreciate your help; unfortunately, as beautiful as this camera is, I believe it's TOAST! It will cost more to fix than I paid for it; about $160.00 to repair. I paid $130.00. I have contacted the dude, and explained the problem. I haven't heard back yet, but, hopefully I won't have to file a dispute.
    THANKS AGAIN,
    stanlick,


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Don't Panic there should be no trouble with this sale, The Canon Powershot takes SD memory cards which stands for Secure Digital, Secure in the fact that the memory cards have a tiny switch on the side of them that can be locked so that there cannot be anythong written or deleted from the card.
This is probably what has happened to this camera, nothing to do with the actual camera but with the SD memory Card.  To fix it just switch the tiny switch on the side of the Sd memory card to the unlock position and everything should work fine!!
Cheers
Emmanuel
P.S Can you post the link to the ebay auction as this would be very helpful.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008

  • Emmanuel Higgins
    Emmanuel Higgins Sep 11, 2008

    Now worries! Let me know if it works.

  • Emmanuel Higgins
    Emmanuel Higgins Sep 16, 2008

    Sorry to hear that :(


    so the camera won't read any memory card?

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