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Screen reads SD CARD locked

I have tried numerous cards.I know the cards are not locked or too large!One card I tried is older and doesnt even have a lock on it but when I turn on the camera,it still says"SD CARD LOCKED".Thanks for any help you can offer!

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I have 17 of these cameras and for some reason after a while some of them develop this problem. It is very frustrating but I can usually get them to work by taking disk out, turning on camera, put in auto mode, wait for delay to switch to ready then put card in. I works most of the time and if not turn it off and keep trying. Some kind of glitch in the computer I guess. Hope this helps.

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