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Memory card error

Gentleman, When I press the power button on my camera (Canon PowerShot S500)I get an error message which says: Memory card error. Is this camera faulty or this is a setting problem. Please help me because the camera doesn't take photos any more. Kmawon

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Re: Memory card error

If the message "Card Locked" comes up, it means that the memory card's write/protect tab is set to "Write Protect". Simply slide the tab upwards to fix.

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I had the same problem on my IXUS 500. I bought a new card because my first thought was that the card was faulty, but that didn't solve the problem. I tried to clean the CF card slot but that didn't help. My last resort was to open up the camera and try to find the culprit. I blew away all the dust which has accumulated over time and touched as many parts as possible to fix any defective contacts. After reassembling everything it worked again, funny.

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Re: Memory card error

Either the camera or the card is faulty. There is not a setting which will cause this problem. Try a different memory card, if the problem persists you will need to get the camera repaired.

Posted on Jun 16, 2007

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