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New 4GB SD card for a Canon PowerShot 540 camera. Memory Card Error is the message. SD card is unlocked. Format option on Set Up menu is greyed out and unaccessable. Ideas?

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  • Jeff Marcus May 11, 2010

    Is card brand new? Has it ever been formatted on a different camera or on a computer?

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The other camera does support the card because it's a higher model.


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