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Card Locked When camera is turned on, the display shows card locked. Pictures are not saved. Unable to format the card as well. Tried new card. Same problem persists.

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  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2007

    card cannot be formatted.  Cannot take pictures to card.  Have  inserted several compatible cards

  • JRBear Jan 22, 2008

    Card really is full of pictures. Camera says "LOCKED" but the tab on the card is not in the locked position and never has been. Removed it, moved tab back and forth, left tab in UNLOCKED position and when inserted, camera still says "LOCKED".

  • hawk123 Mar 08, 2008

    I have the same problem with my HP Photosmart R707 camera. I did an online chat with an HP tech and we formatted the SD memory card on the computer. Put the card back in the camera, and still had the Card Locked message. Tech said the memory card reader inside the camera was defective and suggested a new camera. I'm wondering if there is a better solution to this (software fix). Funny thing is that the camera was working fine two weeks ago with the same memory card!



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Remove the memory card out of your camera and look to the side of it.. there is a little switch on the memory card that locks the card... try that first it might not be your camera... :) good luck :)

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    Heather Koffler Oct 12, 2014

    nice one there.... never noticed the little tab on the side of the card!~ thank you!!!


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How do I unlocked the card on my HP R707.
When I turn the camera on the message I see is: card locked

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