When I insert a new camera card, I get the message that the memory card is full and needs reformatted, but when I try to do that it will not format the card. I have tried 3 new camera cards to ensure the card(s) were not corrupt. There are no pictures on the internal memory, and the camera card is not too large for the camera (1G). Once in awhile, it will begin to read the card, and it stores the photos. But the camera is unreliable. It was purchased 5 months ago, and only used a few times.
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Usually, when you SD card is full, when it is small in size like 1GB or less, or it is not inserted into your camera, the you have this kind of message. Reformatting of the memory card of you camera should be done using your camera. the best of all is to erase everything on the card and then check the space available on it. then it will be recognised by the camera as an external memory card.
Sounds like you forgot to use the "safely remove hardware" when you removed the card from the computer. Also, never format a card in a computer and then expect it to work in a camera. You can try to format it a few more times in the camera but if not successful, then you should think about getting an new card.
Make sure you always turn off camera before inserting or removing SD cards. Try reformatting the card using the camera settings. Doesn't work? Try reformatting the card on your computer assuming you have card reader in it. Doesn't work? Try using the card in another devise. Works? Cameras in trouble. Doesn't work. Bad or corrupted card. Lastly make sure you set the camera to use the card and not the internal memory.
You can format the card in your camera while not connected to your computer. In fact it's recommended to do so. Read your instruction book to find out how. It should be a selection available from your "menu" button when in image review mode. Select "low-level" or "full" format, not "quick" format (quick format is only good for erasing pictures).
I've had similar problem when I was messing around with the Sony memory stick. The cheap pins inside that suppose to touch the memory got screwed up. I just bought the camera so took it back to the store and got a different one.
Anyway, try shining a flashlight into the memory slot and see how the pins are. If they are not line up then use a really small something to re-line them like they suppose to.
See if it's possible to reformat the memory. That sometime help too. It happened to my sis cell phone. We had to reformat the memory stick to get it working right.
I do not think this have anything to do with battery. If you don't put memory in and camera say "No memory" and with memory in and it read "Mem error" then likely the reader or the pins are screwed up.