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My sony camera is giving me a warning message, "unable to use card"

MY CAMERA IS NOT WORKING, IT IS DIPLAYING A WARNING MESSAGE, "UNABLE TO USE CARD" I USED ALL TREABLE SHOOTING INSTRUCTIONS IN THE MANUAL AND I CAN'T GET IT TO WORK.

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Try another card, and look for scratches or damage on the gold strips on the card. Check the manual to see which way it goes in the camera.

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SOURCE: Flashing Acces lamp while using camera.

Flashing Access is sign that memory stick has some problem and mostly it can be fixed if you format memory stick through camera Menu Format Option.

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a sony a100. It says unable to use card

What card do you use on the A100? And what capacity? Are you sure you have inserted it in the correct way? Be careful while inserting a CF card because of you insert it wrongly, it can damage the camera. Zooming is done using the zoom ring on the lens barrel. Just twist the zoom ring. Hope you are using the 18-70mm kit lens with the camera.

Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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SOURCE: Sony Alpha 100 gives error message when attempting to take pic.

Hi! I just had the same problem with my Sony A100, when I tried two different CF cards. I was getting the same error message as reported above: "Unable to use card" then "Format?" then that format fails. Thinking the camera is broken, I checked online camera repair sites and also called Sony directly. Sony's flat rate, and that of PrecisionCamera is $228 to fix CF card failure. Then my daughter said, "the CF card in my room works fine in the camera" - and lo and behold - it does. The CF card that works is brand PQI and is marked Hi-Speed 60 2Gb. The cards that do NOT work are marked SanDisk Ultra II 1.0Gb and SanDisk 128 Mb. So my advice is, before you give up on the camera as broken, try a number of different CF cards first.

The second cause of CF failure is if someone has pushed a CF card in the wrong way. That can bend one or more of the tiny metal contact pins in the CF socket in the camera. Look carefully to see that all the pins are straight up. [I don't know how one can straighten these pins, or if the whole socket would need to be replaced...but at least you can determine the cause of the CF failure.]

Best regards - Michael

Posted on Feb 16, 2009

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SOURCE: Sony A100:put in empty CF cards, says card full, won't format

Might be 2GB card is more then enough for camera hardware o handle. Try 1GB card in this camera.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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SOURCE: I have had my sony for about 2 years and suddenly

It's just the memory card. This error message comes up when the card sustains damage to any degree. Did you lend your camera or card to anyone or put the card into the wrong reading drive by accident? It may be time for a new memory card/stick. Exchange it if it's still under warranty.

Posted on Aug 25, 2009

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