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I have the sony a100 alpha... it wont take a photo. 4 red zeroes

I did a chat with Sony tech. His troubleshooting did not cure the problem. He told me to reset the camera (remove the battery, turn the power switch on, and reinsert the battery).

After two attempts I still have the 4 flashing red zeroes in the bottom right screen and camera will not take photos.

Tech said "unfortunately, your unit requires repair" and asked if he could forward me a link where I can find a repair location, the Sony repair cost, or initiate a repair. I declined hoping to find the solution on some forums such as this one.

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  • travelingsen Jul 03, 2009

    Howdy from Texas, Ayodurodola.

    Your solution was perfect. I'm ashamed that I didn't think of it. But then, it's too bad the Sony Technician didn't volunteer the information rather than have me re-set the camera and then tell me it will cost $225 to fix the problem.

    You really made my day. Thanks so much from a 71-year old grandfather who enjoys taking sports photos of his grandchildren. The Sony A100 works for me in that respect.

    I have not even tried to exploit some of the camera's other capabilities. That should be no surprise considering I couldn't even recognize that my memory card was full.

    Thanks again.

    Gary

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Check the memory stick if its full and delete some photos......then try and take a shot.
the four red zeroes are counters for the number of shots u have taken.....it simply indicates you have a full memory stick.
Mine played the same trick on me too.

Posted on Jul 02, 2009

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    Raven Quesenberry Nov 16, 2013

    Did you just go through and delete shots from the camera itself? Because I've done that, and it fixes the problem...sorta. It only lets me take one or two pictures after having deleted previous pictures. Please help.

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However, having reset the camera, reset all the functions, recharged the battery, re-read the manual, and FINALLY, viola, as above, erased a few shots and the camera works again! The memory stick was full!
Thank you.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010

  • Roger D Paterson MD Apr 12, 2010

    My problem (now "solved") was sudden in onset.
    Suddenly, I was unable to take any pictures although all functions seemed normal.
    The only other clue were the 4 red zero's in the viewfinder.
    My memory card was full!
    Such a non-intuitive solution to a vexing problem!
    Good luck, you other readers!
    Roger

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Had the same problem on my Sony a100 camera. I thought maybe my cf slot (adapter) had gone bad. I bought a new cf card (because Sony no longer makes the cf slot (THANKS SONY!!!) and now I can take pictures again.

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