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Memeor card problem

When I turn my camera on it says memory card is write protected. The little thing on my memory card isn't in lock posotion or anything so I'm not sure how to fix it.

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Re: memeor card problem

I just had this problem and was looking on the net to solve it and could find nothing. I finally opened up my camera. I wouldn't suggest it because I found the problem and I could have fixed it without opening it up. The solution to my camera is that there is a little, spring held lever that lets the camera know whether the card is in write protected mode or not. For my camera I just stuck a tiny screwdriver in side the card slot and worked that lever back and forth a couple of times. I turned my camera back on and finally after months of not being able to use my camera, the card formatted and I am taking pictures again.
**do this at your own risk of damaging the camera, I am not a camera tech. but it didn't hurt mine at all.

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Re: memeor card problem

Try to clean the connections on that card..use a pencil ereaser..good luck

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