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How do you straighten the contact pins to read the card?

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I would make sure it's the contact pins by trying a different card. We've had one of our A100's for a long time and has seen much use without any problems. Make sure the contacts on the card itself is not tarnished or dirty also. If the pins are at fault, they would likely need replacing and that's when I'd look into an A-58, 65 or 77 upgrade.

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