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Failure to initialize and use memory card SD/SDHC / canon fs100 camcorder

The camera fails to recognize the card and continues to flag error when the card is loaded and asked programed to format/initialise, it doesnt recognise the card, have tried new cards and have had no result. I have the exact same problem. Did anyone find a solution? I have the Canon camcorder FS100. I have problems getting it to use (read, write and initialize) SDHC memory cards. (Maybe because of the size 16GB and 32GB). Has anyone experienced the same problem, and more important, has a solution. (or maybe just an explanation, so I can search the solution elsewhere).

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I had the same problem but fixed it by initializing the SDHC Card. It explains it in the manual. If you go to the menu and then down to the card it gives the option to initialize it. I did that for all my cards and now they work fine. Hope that helps...

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Have you tried resetting the camcorder to factory default and then using a new card try kingston 16gb sdhc class 4 no other fancy spces and see if that works and if it doesn't you need to either return to dealer of purchase or send to Canon

Posted on May 30, 2009

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