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Will No Longer Format SD Card

Actually, it shows all SD cards as "Write Protected" even though they are not locked. Ready to throw camera out the window. Any last minute suggestions . . . like, "Open the window first!"

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Re: Will No Longer Format SD Card

I'm assuming that you have used tried other SD cards? If so, have you tried to do a factory reset of the camera? If you have tried that and it still hasn't worked, I have one last suggestion that might help you. First, remove the battery from the camera. Once the battery has been removed from the camera get yourself a bottle of Isopropyl Rubbing alcohol and some q-tips. I tell you where I'm going with this: The contacts for the SD card in the camera could be dirty thus not allowing the camera to send the "write" message to the card, hence you get the write protected message. We going to clean the contacts to try and get it working again. One you have all the supplies, lay an old memory card down on a table with the connector pins face up. Use a memory card that you don't have any pictures on in case this process damages the data on the card. Take the q-tips and dip them in the alcohol and get a liberal amount of fluid on the tip. Next, coat each pin so that it is somewhat wet with alcohol. Don't use too much, you don't want to soak it. Next insert the SD card into the camera horizontally so that you can get the alcohol to the pins in the camera. To clean the pins remove the card and insert it several times. Repeat this whole action three to four times. Remove the SD card and let the camera stand in a position that would let the pins if they were wet drip down toward the surface. The pins should not be sopping wet, I'm just try to convey that this is how the camera should be left to dry for the next hour. After an hour or so try using the SD card that you cleaned the pins with. If it works, enjoy! If not, drop me a note. Good luck If you want me to continue to help people with there problems, please rate me!! Thanks

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