I suppose the easy answer is to re-format the card in another device. I had a problem with HP M425 that although the card was only half full, the camera would complain that it was unable to save, and then lock up. Removing the battery reset the camera problem. Transferring all the pictures on to a PC then reformatting the card in the PC cured card part. If you don't have a PC with a reader of some kind to do this, you could try another camera (not HP?) or indeed some mobile phones to reformat the card.
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I need more detail about what you are doing though. Are you removing the card and placing it in the computer or are you connecting your camera to the PC using a USB cable? If it is just the photos you have on the card that are messed up, try to copy the photos you can see to the PC. Try to transfer them all to a folder on the PC. You may be able to recover your photos with software. You can download "Recuva" free at this site: http://www.filehippo.com/download_recuva .This software can recover corrupted files. You should have the memory card in a USB adapter connected to the PC for this software to work well. Your card probably needs to be formatted, using the menu on your camera, after you have recovered your photos. That is the most common cause of file errors in cameras. It is good practice to format you memory card fairly often after the photos have been removed. If you have a second card, try taking three or four pictures on it and see if you can access them okay.That would prove there is nothing wrong with your camera.
Check out if the memory card is working right. Use your system to read this card after inserting in a card reader. Format the card on the system. Your problem will be solved. Regards.
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I would suggest trying to format the memory card from the camera menu, not from your computer. If you are unable to do this, and other cards are not working the camera memory card slot may be damaged and unable to make good contact with the cards.
When you removed the card from the computer, did you:
A. forget to use the "safely remove hardware" function
B. delete the pics using the computer instead of the camera
Either of these could cause your problem. If the pics are safely on your computer, I suggest you format the card in the camera.
What card do you use on the A100? And what capacity? Are you sure you have inserted it in the correct way? Be careful while inserting a CF card because of you insert it wrongly, it can damage the camera. Zooming is done using the zoom ring on the lens barrel. Just twist the zoom ring. Hope you are using the 18-70mm kit lens with the camera.
Copy the existing photos on to your PC, switch off the camera. Remove the SD card and format the SD-card using a SD-card reader, this will clear all the card contents. Now try using it in your Camera again. Ideally, you should be able to save photos on this SD card. Other way would be to insert another SD card into your camera and click photos and check whether those photos are being saved into the SD card(this can be done using display option in your digicam.)
You say -
The screen now reads "card not intialised" and I am unable to take any further photos or format the card. Help????
If it is the computer screen- then open the card and delete the folder.
If it is the Camera menu simply reformat
Did you format in the Computer - you sholud not have doneso.
Do a google for a utuluity that will - Unformat and try this-
or try card in another camera
Otherwise new card.