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Memory card error

Screen shows memory card error prompt. Reformat memory card command is disabled. Have tried three memory cards; two of which worked in other cameras. Any ideas?

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Connect your memory card to a computer by using a card reader. Format the memory card in your computer treating it as a hard drive. Good luck!

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