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Error Saving Image

My HP Photosmart M517 says ERROR SAVING IMAGE on a red screen after every picture I take, so its basically useless. When it used to work, it also drained batteries after just 1 to 3 pictures - both re-chargeble and regular batteries .

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Re: Error Saving Image

From HP's website:
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Error saving image or Error saving video. The optional memory card that is installed was removed before the camera finished writing to the card or was half-locked.

  • Always wait until the Memory light stops blinking before removing the memory card from the camera.
  • With the camera turned off, remove the memory card and check to see if the locking tab on the edge of the card is fully in the unlocked position.

Also, check this link:

You might just have to reformat your memory card.


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