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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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Re: memory card error

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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Hi there, For few reason camera showing memory card error.
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2. your memory card finished is life time storage memory.
3 . virus infected.
4. If your memory card storage capacity more than camera support card then its also show to you. For example your camera support maximum 2 GB card, but your try to use more than 2 GB memory card.
I suggest your remove the memory card and scan by updated antivirus. After that, if not working then fomat it and try.
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I believe at that point, if you reformat it in camera it will work at the full 4 gb.

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