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Message "Card not initialized"

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. Arlyn Stein

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Re: Message "Card not initialized"

Make sure the camera is in teh taking picture mode...then click the MENU button...scroll all the way down to SET (SET-UP) right arrow to select...then scroll down to the right will say, "FORAMT OK? / ERASE ALL DATA" click will take a few seconds to erase and from there...the "card not initialized" should be gone!

Posted on May 06, 2009

Re: Message "Card not initialized"

If at all possible... DELETE from Camera, not Software,
If Problem Persist~ Reset/Program Camera through Cam Menu
Fuji's work BEST with M Series xD's... even 4gb for Video

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