I have been using this camer a since I got it and replaced the original (limited capacity card) with a lager one. I had no problem, took many pisctures, no proble.
RecentlyI, whenever I open the the windows, both for viewing precvously taken photos and to view a subject to 'take', I get the message, "card not initialized" and I am not able to use the camers.
I have searchrd the manual for anything containing the wors, "initilaize" aaaand I find NOTHING.
Please tell me how and where I can find a way to solve the problem.
I found this an eay to use camera from the begininning. What is happenong?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Make sure the camera is in teh taking picture mode...then click the MENU button...scroll all the way down to SET (SET-UP)....click right arrow to select...then scroll down to FORMAT...click the right arrow...it will say, "FORAMT OK? / ERASE ALL DATA" click OK...it will take a few seconds to erase and from there...the "card not initialized" should be gone!
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This message is from high capacity cards (SDHC) in phones that can not read them, or formatted on a PC before being initialized on the phone. Older Alcatel phones can't read higher than 4-8 Gb cards or some phones only specify SD or TF cards but people keep stuffing SDHC cards into the slots because they are the same size. Always use the phone's internal initialize or mounting system to stick a card in. Likewise always use the unmount procedure to remove a card. Never format a card on a PC before sticking it into the phone. Likewise do not use the PC to format the card.
In the absence of the contents of the message, I am going to guess that it is having some issue with the memory card. Memory cards have grown enormously in capacity in the last couple of years, and even relatively new cameras may not be able to cope with the memory size of the newest cards. Some cameras seem to work with too-large memory cards at first, then throw a serious tantrum as the card starts to fill.
I think you need to try formatting the card, using the camera's own function to do so. This will establish whether the card is compatible with the camera. BEFORE you do this, save your pictures to your computer, as they will be deleted by the format.
SD and SDHC cards fit the same slots, but many cameras won't work with the SDHC (high capacity) cards. SDHC is not backwards compatible.
Your problem is in trying to mix and match old and new technology.
Your camera can handle SD cards up to an absolute maximum capacity of 512MB (as per page 21 of the user manual). It's incapable of operating with anything of a higher capacity and totally incompatible with the SDHC card you appear to be trying to use.
Your only fix is to either limit yourself to 512MB maximum capacity SD cards, or to replace the camera with a modern SDHC compliant model which will accept your new card.
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Your problem is that your camera is totally incapable of formatting an xD card of that large a capacity. You have an older 3.3 megapixel model designed when the maximum xD capacity planned was 512MB and the largest capacity available was 256MB.
Your camera will work with a maximum 512MB xD card but cannot use larger capacities. 512MB should be plenty though as on the fine setting it allows you to store about 330 images and on the normal setting it's 665 images. On the two video resolutions it's about 53.5 minutes and 182.5 minutes although on the lower resolution the battery would run out long before 3 hours!
There are no firmware updates to extend the capacity as it's a hardware limitation in the camera itself. Even if it could handle larger capacities then the camera would become very sluggish in operation. There's even a noticeable slowdown in camera response when using 512MB cards, so I recommend that you stick to a maximum of 256MB (you can always carry extra xD cards with you if you want additional capacity).
You only have two fixes: replace the xD card with a maximum 512MB capacity (preferably 256MB), or replace your camera with one of the recent models which accepts the 2GB xD card.
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What type of memory card are you using? If you have an SDHC (high capacity SD) card, it will not work with this model. This model came out before the SDHC protocol was developed. You can use an SD card, maximum 2GB, or MMC card.
Make sure you are using an SD card and not an SDHC card. The SDHC protocol is newer than your camera, and your camera does not support it. SD cards have capacities up to 2 GB. Your camera should work properly with any SD or MMC card.
Sorry for the extreme delay in answering your question: I've been trawling for old unanswered questions today and yours came up. The following answer will undoubtedly be way too late to be of use to you, but may assist others searching FixYa for an answer to the same problem.
You have been mistaking SD cards for SDHC cards. They look the same but are different, and your camera cannot use SDHC cards as it was designed before they existed. The limitation is due to the hardware in your camera so it cannot be updated to SDHC standards.
Your 2GB card was definitely an SD card as SDHC cards have a minimum capacity of 4GB, and 2GB SD cards are the maximum capacity which your camera can handle. Your only fix is to either stick to 2GB maximum capacity SD cards or to replace the camera with one which is SDHC compatible.