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Card error with both cf and xd cards

Can't get camera to work with either cf or xd media card. just gives me "card error" message.

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Check the pins in your cf slot.. you may have one bent. either straighten it out or send to repair

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What does the card error mean


Can be lots of things. Would have been handy, if you had told what card you are using. Your camera can work with CompactFlash, Microdrive and xD-Picture cards.
If you did not insert the card(s) you are using, correct, or you removed the card in a wrong way, you could have damaged the cardholder, causing an error you probably can't repair yourself. The CF and Microdrive you can remove by pressing the eject button. The xD-Picture card you can remove by pressing in the card, and release it. The card comes out.
Then you could have damaged the file system, by opening the card cover, while the card access lamp was blinking. What ever card was in, the filesystem can be damaged.
Then you can have two cards in, Both, o CF of Microdrive and a xD picture card. Some settings are required for the camera, to know hat card it should use.
If you have an Microdrive, the drive can be damaged, by a magnetic file, or the drive just stopped rotating. A micro drive is actual a miniature spinning hard drive.

First check if the memory card is inserted correct. Eventually, remove it and check all contacts, on the card and in the camera. Then try formatting the card. If you think there could be important pictures on the card, put it in a external card reader and use a recovery program, to see you can recover the pictures on your computer. Programs can be found on the net.
If you can't format the card, check if you have a Microdrive. If so, try to replace that with a CF or xD card.
I hope something is to any use for you.

Next time, please give us some more details. I know you exactly see and know what is not working, but we only can use your description. And only what you give us.

Feb 16, 2014 | Olympus E Digital Cameras

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As I am scrolling through the pictures on the camera, a "read error"message comes up. This is occuring with all of the memory chips - even the new ones so I do not think it is a chip problem. Can you offer...


you have two slots for memory cards .. one for XD and one for CF .. if you have trouble with one slot then you can try the other type card ..

if you are using a CF card or micro drive .. then look into the slot where they normally go .. look for bent or missing pins .. some CF memory cards don't have much of a "lead in taper" on their connector .. sometimes they will snag a pin and bend it, push it out of place or break it ... sometimes you can straighten it but replacing a broken pin is a big job .. usually the whole connector will be replaced if its sent in for repair .. if you have trouble with the CF slot you can instead use a XD memory card .. or visa versa .. the little LED flashlights are ideal for looking into the memory slot...
make sure you format any new memory cards in the camera before use .. that should pick up any problems and makes sure the card is compatable with the system ..

Jan 25, 2010 | Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera

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OLYMPUS XD Card - CLEAN or FORMAT - and not reading in computer


Your 2gb xd card would be of the "M" or "H" designation, which is a new type of card which is not always compatible with many cameras and card readers. If the other cards that work are not H or M cards, that is most likely the problem

Jun 24, 2009 | Fuji FinePix A340 Digital Camera

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Card error message during formatting XD picture card


The max card size for the camera is either M or H512mb. Try the following website to locate cards for sale www.oempcworld.com

Nov 11, 2008 | Olympus Camedia C-350 Digital Camera

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Once i turn the camera on its says : card error


The manual gives the following under Explanation:

The xD-Picture Card contact area is soiled
The xD-Picture Card is damaged
The xD-Picture Card format is incorrect
Camera fault

The manual offers the following under Remedy:

Wipe the contact area on the xD-Picture Card with a soft dry cloth. It may be
necessary to format the xD-Picture card
If the error message is still displayed. replace the xD-Picture Card.
Contact your Fujifilm dealer.

Aug 25, 2008 | Fuji FinePix A330 Digital Camera

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256mb Card


Maximum card size supported for C5050 is 2GB (CF/Microdrive slot) and 512mb (XD card slot)

Jul 05, 2008 | Olympus Camedia C-5050 Zoom Digital Camera

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Selecting storage media for finepix S9600


http://www.dpreview.com/news/0608/06082412fujis9600.asp. this link says that your camera can run with either the XD or the CF card.

There wil not be any noticable change in performance.

- Ranjit
ranjit@supportminds.com

Nov 16, 2007 | Fuji Finepix S9600 Digital Camera

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"card error"


Have you tried formatting these cards in your camera? You will find the setting in the menu as per page 26 of the manual. Also check that the correct card type is set for xD or CF as appropriate. You can download the manual from the link below: http://www.olympusamerica.com/files/EVOLT%20E-500%20Advanced%20Manual.pdf Please update the question & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!

Sep 02, 2007 | Olympus EVOLT E-500 Digital Camera

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CF Excessive Power


Nikons and Fujis keep the CF slot powered, and "poll" it every now and then to see if a card has been removed or inserted. So yes, a camera may drain batteries much faster with a CF card than it does with an XD. But if it really does do this, then someone at Fuji deserves to be on the street, looking for a new job. Polling a card every few seconds does not have to be a traumatic experience to the camera. A Nikon can sleep for months, and not show appreciable battery drain. After what I've seen in the horribly slow CF write times of the S3, and the large artificial difference in write times between CF and xD on that camera, I'd say someone (or several "someones") at Fuji is doing everything in their power to make CF look bad and steer people into xD.

Sep 12, 2005 | Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera

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