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No memory card error on canon powershot a400

Hi I keep getting a 'no memory card' error when I turn the power on my camera. It does have a memory card though. I even went out a bought a brand new memory card, still my camera won't work. Any ideas?

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  • karenc Jan 25, 2008

    I'm having the exact same problem that ryswyfe described. And these were cards that worked before, so the suggestion about formatting them wasn't applicable.

  • sharmasm May 04, 2009

    my camera canon power shot a-400 works well with 16 mb sd card but when i bought and installed a new 2gb sd card it displays card error or no card.The new 2gb card works well on a pc. I even formatted the card on the Pc but of no help

  • julie Dec 17, 2011

    I read that these older canon cameras cannot handle the new HC (high capacity) memory cards. for some reason they cannot do larger than a 32 MB (NOT gb) card, which is darn near impossible to find. stinks, because I love my little canon. and there is nothing wrong with it

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Maybe you have to format the card before the camera recognizes it

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