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The problem is that your camera will only read SD cards, not SDHC cards. After you damaged the SD card that you've been using for years, you bought a replacement, not noticing that it was SDHC. The new cards don't work, not because they or the camera are broken, but because they're not compatible.
Cards up to 2Gb are generally SD. Cards over 8Gb have to be SDHC. 4Gb cards can be either SD or SDHC, but are almost always SDHC because they're cheaper. (I would avoid the rare, expensive, and problematic 4Gb SD cards.)
Your solution is to go find a 2Gb card, and be extra sure that it doesn't say "SDHC" on it. (If it does, it probably means that they made a 4Gb card, but there were some error locations and so they disabled half of it and packaged it as a cheap-brand 2Gb.)
The following information lists the type and maximum storage capacity of the memory card that each type of camera accepts.
EASYSHARE CX-, DX-, LS-Series Cameras accept:
DX3500, DX3600, DX3900: CF memory cards up to 1 GB
LS755: xD memory cards only
All other CX, DX, LS: SD memory cards up to 1 GB
EASYSHARE C-Series Cameras accept:
C300, C310, C315, C330, CD33, CW330, C530, CD40, CD50: SD memory cards up to 1 GB
C340, C360, C433, C503, C533, C603, C633, C643, C663, C703, C743, C875: SD memory cards up to 2 GB
CD43: xD memory cards only All other C-Series Cameras: SDHC and SDHC UHS-1 memory cards up to 32 GB
EASYSHARE M-Series Cameras accept:
M590, M583, M577 TOUCH, M5370 TOUCH: MicroSD and MicroSDHC memory cards up to 32 GB
All other M-Series Cameras: SD, SDHC, SDHC UHS-1 memory cards up to 32 GB
EASYSHARE P-Series Cameras accept:
P850, P880: SD memory cards up to 2 GB
P712: SD or SDHC memory cards up to 4 GB
EASYSHARE SLICE Digital Camera accepts:
MicroSD and MicroSDHC memory cards up to 32 GB.
EASYSHARE V-Series Cameras accept:
V1233, V1253, V1073, V1273: SDHC, SDHC UHS-1 memory cards up to 32 GB All other V-Series Cameras: SD memory cards up to 2 GB EASYSHARE Z-Series Cameras accept:
Z610, Z650, Z700, Z710, Z730, Z740, Z760, Z7590: SD memory cards up to 2 GB All other Z-Series Cameras, including MAX: SDHC and SDHC UHS-1 memory cards up to 32 GB FUNSAVER FD-Series Cameras accept:
SD and SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB EASYSHARE ONE Camera accepts:
SD and SDHC memory cards up to 1 GB
Most KODAK Digital Cameras are compatible with SD, SD/MMC, and/or SDHC memory cards.
Most current KODAK Digital Cameras are compatible with SDHC UHS-1 memory cards.
All KODAK Digital Cameras that are compatible with SDHC and SDHC UHS-1 memory cards use cards with Speed Class up to Class 10.
MicroSD and MicroSDHC cards with SD adapters can also be used in cameras that use SD or SDHC cards if the storage capacity criteria above is followed.
KODAK Digital Cameras are not compatible with SDXC memory cards.
Technically speaking, SD cards only go up to 2GB. (Actually, some very rare 4GB SD cards exist, but I doubt you have one of those.) Cards 4GB and up are SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards. Your camera was designed before the SDHC specs, and thus is not compatible with SDHC cards. This is not something that can be changed in firmware, since there is a hardware compatibility issue.
SDHC devices will accept SD cards, but the opposite does not hold true. SD devices will not accept SDHC cards.
The maximum supported size is most likely 2GB SD Card. Cards with 4GB and more are following a new (incompatible) standard called SDHC (SD High Capacity), SDHC cards work only in devices specifically supporting SDHC. The Optio S5N uses the old SD standard where 2GB are the maximum size.