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CF card error message

I am getting a CF card error message and have used a variety of CF cards and have replaced the battery but all I get is the message of an error. I have tried to reformat the CF card but that is not working either (telling me to turn the switch off and on or change the battery and I have tried that). Prior to today's CF error I had been getting lots of "busy" messages. What do you think is going on with my under 2 year old Canon XTI?

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Take a look inside your camera's CF card slot. I suspect that you may have a bent pin in there. If so, you can take it to be professionally repaired by replacing the card reader. But you may also want to consider repairing it yourself by unbending the pin.

To do so, remove batteries and card. Use a small/skinny jeweler's flat screwdriver to bend the pin back as close as possible. The jeweler's screwdrivers that you see at the dollar store will work fine. Another tool that I sometimes use is a stiff wire with a bent hook on the end to get very flattened pins started.

Take your time and use as much patience as you can muster (take a breather in between if needed).
It doesn't have to be perfect, just as close as you can get it. When it's the best that you can get it, take your flash card and "SLOWLY" insert it. The card itself should fine-align the pin. Remove the card, and verify that the pin is still straightened. If so, reinsert the card and try it out.

Posted on Dec 30, 2008

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To isolate the cause of the issue, we suggest that you do the following:
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