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When I power up my zoom H4 ver 1.30 I get No Card. The card is there and is fine - I tried swapping cards. I was using rechargeable batteries at the time and was having difficulty getting a recording from a CD player to my zoom. Now I am stuck!

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  • music458 Jun 25, 2009

    Well, I tried swapping cards again just to see again what it would do. It had a 2GB SD card that it would not read, I swapped it with a 512 SD card I took out of my camera and this time it has read that card and H4 seems to be working now with that card. So I guess I corrupted my 2GB card somehow. Do you think I can re-format that 2GB card or erase in another device or do you think it's trashed? Thanks for your help.

  • music458 Jun 25, 2009

    Thank you very much!

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The zoom seems to be unable to read the card, check that the contacts are clean and possibly try to pull the pins down a little so that they would touch the card better. carefully thought.

make sure there is noting blocking the reader. if that doesn't solve the problem.

The unit may require repairs, the board inside the unit contains very small parts making it extremely difficult to repair at home, and if the board is multilayered (many layers put together) the home repair is completely impossible.

Are you on warranty or outside of warranty?

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

  • Ekse Jun 25, 2009

    Have you used 2GB cards before? it might not work with such big capacity cards and might require a smaller one like the 512MB card.

    yes you can format the card on the computer by plugging it to a card reader right clicking on the removeable storage device that appears in your computer and selecting format, Fat or Fat 32 is most likely the format it uses. if one doesn't work try the other, you can compare the format on the 512mb card with the 2gb card and see if there is a difference, you can do that by inserting the card to the computer then right click on the drive and select properties, take a note of the details and put in the other card and compare the details.




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