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The compact flash slot in my Olympus E10 has two bent pins

Can I switch to smart media and not worry about the compact flash or will I continue getting errors? Can this be replaced and or fixed?

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  • josephzubik Mar 11, 2009

    So even if the compact flash slot has some broken pins I can switch to the smart media option and the camera would operate off of the smart media slot?

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You can also use the smart media card slot. The two cards function independently of each other.

Based on what you report the camera would need to be serviced. Regretfully all parts, accessories and repair service have been discontinued due to the age of the camera.
You may refer to the yellow pages for local camera repair centers who maybe able to offer parts and service on the camera.
As a loyal Olympus customer, our Customer Service Department is also available to discuss other options available to you.
They can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM until 7:00PM East Coast time, at: 1(800)622-6372 option 2 and then option 3.

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  • BabsOne Mar 11, 2009

    That is correct. The camera should default and detect that a smartmedia card is now inserted to the camera and write the images to that card. As I stated earlier, the cards are independent of each other.

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