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"naming error" message in the screen

Naming error appears on the screen

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  • aa_tiad Jan 10, 2009

    tried to download pics from my canon powershot s2 to the laptop by inserting the sd card to the laptop. it didn't work, and when i put it back into the camera- there were no pics in the card, and a "naming error" appeared. HELP!!!


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Locate the removable drive On My Computer. Go to properties > tools >error checking

that should fix it.

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