Try removing the card and see if it will turn on with just the internal memory--or try different memory card if you have one.
Had a somewhat similar problem with a new 1GB card when I shut camera off while it was still saving an image. Camera would come on, take a picture all by itself and freeze up. After using a couple of other cards it magically worked on the bad card
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There are several possible causes for "memory card locked", "memory card error", "not formatted", or "no memory card". The most common is trying to use a 4GB or higher SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Other causes include problems with the tiny slide switch on the side of the card, or the electrical contact switch internal to the camera. The problem may also arise from simple formatting problems if the card has never been formatted in the camera (note that this will also erase the card). Troubleshooting tips for this problem may be found at this link.
My 33LF won't work with even a 1gb Memory Card. It freezez up as you describe.So far it seems happy enough with 512mb cards. A camera shop operator told me that the capacity of the card exceeds the capacity of the camera and it seems he was right.
According to the Pentax web site, there is no firmware update available for the 33LF camera. As far as your pics are concerned, you can use a card reader to download them to your computer. Then, you can format the card in the camera and everything should be ok.
here is a list of compatable memory cards http://www.4allmemory.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.memorySearch&model_id=42425
.. any SD or MMC card should work up to 4 gb ... so your 2gb should be ok .. i suspect that it may be damaged .. you can try formatting it in a USB card reader if you have one on your computer .. some laptops have the SD slot built in .. there was some compatability issues with memory cards for older cameras but there shouldnt be any with such a new machine .. make sure the contacts are clean and the "protect" switch (if any) is in the unprotected mode .. when you format the card it may take several minutes so give it time .. if you are going to take movies then its better to use a "high speed" SD card .. like the 133x mentioned in the above URL .. slow memory may cause missed frames or 15 fps instead of 30 fps record rates.. .
the specs on your camera do show SD and MMC compatability .but they dont show any brand preference .. .
My Optio 33LF gave the same "card not formatted" message and then shut down completely at a family party. I took it to the Pentax Canada depot which is nearby and the technician said the main circuit board was gone. A C$130 part + labour estimate = time for a new camera !
Optio 33LF Firmware Upgrade Information & Instructions:
This firmware corrects "camera freezing & cannot display images" issues with Sandisk & Black's 128MB & 256MB Secure Digital Cards. This problem is occurred because Sandisk changed the manufacturing location from the Philippine's to China during production of the Optio 33LF. They also change the electronic chip used the SD Card which caused a compatibility problems with Pentax, Minolta, Palm and other digital device manufacturers. In turn this also caused a problem with Black's SD Cards as they are manufactured by Sandisk. Therefore, we had to release a Firmware Upgrade for the Optio 33LF to correct compatibility issues with these SD Cards.
HOW TO CHECK WHAT THE CURRENT FIRMWARE VERSION:
Confirm the current firmware version by pushing and "HOLDING DOWN" the "Right Arrow & Right Zoom" button located at the back of the Optio 33LF. While continuing to hold the "Right Arrow & Right Zoom" button turn the POWER on the Optio 33LF. The current firmware version will be displayed on the LCD.
If the firmware version reads "Current Version 01.01.05.04" then your cameras firmware is up to date. If you do not have the current version, then please refer to the information listed below.
Please be sure to upgrade your camera. You can download the firmware from the following link. Please be sure to follow the instructions listed below.
Firmware Update Instructions:
Please refer bellow to learn how to upgrade the firmware on the Optio 33LF. Should you have any problems please contact our customer service department. I have included our contact information bellow.
1. It is very important that the batteries do not deplete during the firmware upgrade as this will damage your camera. Therefore, please check your battery indicator prior to the firmware upgrade.
#1. Save the attached firmware "fwdc113p.elf" to your Desktop.
#2. Put a Secure Digital Card in your Camera.
#3. Format the Secure Digital Card to be sure that no other information remains on the Card. (Refer to page 86 of your Operating Manual)
#4. From your Desktop right click on the firmware "fwdc113p.elf" and select "COPY"
#5. Double Click on "My Computer" you should see your "REMOVABLE DISK"
#6. Right Click on the "Removable Disk" and select "PASTE"
Once the "fwdc113p.elf" file has been copied to the Secure Digital Card, be sure to properly disconnect your USB device if you are using Windows Me, 2000 or XP. For instructions on how to disconnect a USB device with Windows 2000, please refer to the Optio 33LF Operating Manual.
Now that you have the Firmware on the Secure Digital Card.
#1. Be sure the Secure Digital Card containing the Firmware Upgrade "fwdc113p.elf" is in the camera.
#2. Be sure that your batteries are fully charged as you do not want the