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4GB card won't work in my camera, no memory left message on scree

Bought a new 4GB cf card. Put it in,formatted it several times. Tried
to take pic and a no memory left message comes up on screen.
HELP!!!!

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  • ladyx13 Mar 02, 2009

    I have the exact same problem and as you did, i tried to format it over and over again. What's the deal? Any suggestions?

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You can put max 1GB cf card.

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