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Coolpix 995 CF Card error

I have a similar problem. I tried 3 different memory cards. One works slightly better than the other one but basically I get first "this card cannot be used" and then sometimes it will still shoot a pix if I manually push the card in snugly and then after a few shots it will show either another card error or even a system error. Then the camera does not want to turn off for a few extra seconds even after I turn it off it will still say card or system error. I find this a progressive problem, it started over a year ago and increased ever since so I can almost not shoot any more pictures independent of the card I use. I think it maybe camera related but I hope its not going to be extremely expensive. I would like to keep it as its a nice camera. Any suggestions so I do not get ripped off at the camera repair dealer? One place said $150 - $200 !!!
I have formatted the card and am thinking its not the card. Its also not the battery as I used the power cable as an alternative power source and still the same error message. I tried to look inside the place where you put the card in the camera but I could not see any visible damage.
I would say my camera has only normal wear and tear no mistreatment.

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My Nikon 995 began having trouble communicating with the CF card. At first it was intermittent then later there was nothing. After a couple of years of non-use, I decided to open it up to see if there was anything obvious. If I destroyed the camera in the process, no big loss. All the card slot pins were there and non were bent or coroded. Removing the drive, I could see under a microscope about half the pins on one side solder connections had broken. I assume from the repeated insertion and extraction of the card. (I use a card r/w drive in my pc instead of an interface cable to the camera). After I reflowed the pin solder connections and re-assembled the camera, all is good again.

You should know the disassembly/assembly of the camera is complex, and tedious. The connector pins are very small. I repaired the pin solder connections using a small high quality soldering iron while looking through a microscope. Witthout the scope, I couldn't even tell the connections were bad much less be able to repair them.

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I have same problem

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Same thing happened to me. I was told the cf 2GB is compatible while the cf 4GB is not. I found the cf 2GB at walmart.com.

Posted on Mar 08, 2011

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SOURCE: CF Card for Coolpix 995

Hi - You can download the manual by clicking the link underlined in blue below:

Coolpix 995

See page 162:

dbe30e3.jpg

So it seems that only 128 Mb is officially supported, however elarger cards may be OK but you would need to try, don't forget to format the new card in the camera. You may find a friendly high street shop that will let you try various card to see.

Please take a moment to rate this solution & let us know if the information given was useful to you - Good Luck!

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Posted on Sep 03, 2008

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SOURCE: "CF CARD CANNOT BE USED"

If you are not able to find your connecting cable. Well what you can do is you can take out the memory card and fix it into the card reader (you will get a card reader vey cheap anywhere.). and connect it to your comp. Now your card will work as a flash drive and format the card once.
May be you got a corrupted card. Hope this helps you out.. :))

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