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Re: memory cards does not work
First remove battery and card and look in your flash card slot for any bent pins. If you see some, don't fret. Use a small/skinny jeweler's flat screwdriver to bend the pin back as close as possible. Take your time and use as much patience as you can muster (take a breather in between if needed).
It doesn't have to be perfect, just as close as you can get it. When it's there, take your flash card and "SLOWLY" insert it. The card itself should fine-align the pin. Remove the card, and verify that the pin is still straightened. If so, reinsert the card and try it out.
If there are no bent pins, then the internal BIOS battery has likely run down and is causing this error. Don't attempt to fix this yourself. Canon will fix this for you for free, with free shipping, regardless of your camera's warranty status. See and print out the following advisory:
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problem is so common, especially with Canon Powershot cameras like your IXUS 210, that there's a whole blog about it here:
It seems that the camera gives this error when it has problems
reading/writing the card. The fixes they suggest there are to do with
cleaning the contacts. It's pretty easy to clean the contacts on the
memory card, but much harder
to clean the camera. I don't
following the instruction to spray cleaner into the slot... that sounds
like a recipe for getting it all over the inside of the camera!
I would start by cleaning
the memory card's contacts. You can either use a solvent such as Methyl
Hydrate and a Kleenex, or you can actually rub the contacts clean with
an eraser (or if you're British you can use a solvent such as Methylated Spirit and a
tissue, or rub the contacts clean with a rubber).
It's probably worth looking inside the camera too, to see if any of the
contacts are obviously bent in the card slot. I've seen that in a
Nintendo DS which is similar. If a contact is bent, nothing's going to
work unless you can get it back in place.
A card that size is actually an SDHC card. SD and SDHC cards fit the same slots, but they are slightly different. Many cameras won't work with the SDHC (high capacity) cards. SDHC is not backwards compatible.
SD and SDHC cards fit the same slots, but many cameras won't work with the SDHC (high capacity) cards. SDHC is not backwards compatible. It is often difficult to find out the maximum capacity card that a camera will use, as today's memory cards are much larger that those available when the manual for the camera was written.
There are several possible causes for "memory card locked", "memory card error", or "no memory card". Some include trying to use of a 4GB SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Others include problems with the switch on the side of the card, or the switch internal to the camera. The problem may also arise from simple formatting problems if the card has never been formatted in the camera (note that this will also erase the card). Troubleshooting tips for this problem may be found at this link.
If your camera gives you "card locked" error messages with several cards and you KNOW that the cards are indeed not locked via the sliding lock mechanism, then your camera needs to be sent in for service as it has developed and electrical communications problem within the memory card control function.
I would first however try a hard reset by resetting your camera to the default settings, removing the battery and memory card for two minutes, and then replacing them. Retest the cards for the error message. If it still occurs then call 1-800-828-8080 for your options.
I was happily using Cannon IXUS 750on one of my long vacations when the memory card almost got full. perhaps I clicked once or twice to take a picture when the card was full. ever since the camera displays Memory Card Error.
These are almost all the photos I took on my camera since a long time now. Could anybody pleeeese help me in retrieving my photos and recordings?