No matter what card slot i use (xd or cf) i get this error meggage on the lcd,ive tried them in differant fuji camera and they work fine,ive blown the slots out with clean air and checked that none of the pins are bent,but still get this message,everything else on the camera works fine please someone help as ive run out of ideas
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you have two slots for memory cards .. one for XD and one for CF .. if you have trouble with one slot then you can try the other type card ..
if you are using a CF card or micro drive .. then look into the slot where they normally go .. look for bent or missing pins .. some CF memory cards don't have much of a "lead in taper" on their connector .. sometimes they will snag a pin and bend it, push it out of place or break it ... sometimes you can straighten it but replacing a broken pin is a big job .. usually the whole connector will be replaced if its sent in for repair .. if you have trouble with the CF slot you can instead use a XD memory card .. or visa versa .. the little LED flashlights are ideal for looking into the memory slot... make sure you format any new memory cards in the camera before use .. that should pick up any problems and makes sure the card is compatable with the system ..
The longer answer entails fat16 vs fat32 abilities, and the posibility of reformatting your card on the computer in an attempt to possibly get the s7000 to recognise it with mixed success. Since the s7000 is fat16, it can recognise only 2Gb of data.
The xD cards max out at 2Gb. CF goes much higher, but only 2Gb will be recognized.
On a related note, if you do continuous shooting or movies and use an xD card, make sure you get the H-type (not M or M+) as this is higher speed and will avoid timing issues. All of the newer CF cards are plenty fast already.
Fuji Finepix S7000 Zoom Memory Cards (xD-Picture Card - M Type) & Accessories
The following memory cards are compatible with your Fuji Finepix S7000 Zoom. Every memory card we offer is manufactured to the highest standard and carries a 2 year minimum warranty. Your Fuji Finepix S7000 Zoom accepts xD-Picture Card - M Type cards. The largest xD-Picture Card - M Type card you can use in your Fuji Finepix S7000 Zoom is 2048MB View all Fuji Digital Cameras
Nikons and Fujis keep the CF slot powered, and "poll" it every now and then to see if a card has been removed or inserted.
So yes, a camera may drain batteries much faster with a CF card than it does with an XD. But if it really does do this, then someone at Fuji deserves to be on the street, looking for a new job. Polling a card every few seconds does not have to be a traumatic experience to the camera. A Nikon can sleep for months, and not show appreciable battery drain.
After what I've seen in the horribly slow CF write times of the S3, and the large artificial difference in write times between CF and xD on that camera, I'd say someone (or several "someones") at Fuji is doing everything in their power to make CF look bad and steer people into xD.