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Nikon D70 won't recognize the 2 GB, type II memory card

I just bought a SansDisk 2 GB memory card for the Nikon D70.  When I inserted the card, all I got was a "CHA" flashing in the display.  When I insert the card the green light lights up.  However I can't format the disk and the camera won't take pictures.  I took the card out and inserted three previous cards that I used to take pictures.  The same result.  I get a blinking "CHA" in the display.  I took it to a camera store and the guy there took a look at it.  He didn't understand it either.  My battery is fully charged.  Do you have any idea what might be causing this problem? Jim Heitzig, Aptos, CA

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Re: Nikon D70 won't recognize the 2 GB, type II memory...

Try to clean the contacts of the memory cards and, mostly, of the memory card bay of the camera. Use a dry anti-static fabric (e.g. what we use to clean eye-glasses). DON'T use any liquid cleaner of anything like that!

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Re: Nikon D70 won't recognize the 2 GB, type II memory...

This is a card reader problem. It can be caused by several things.

It could be:

Bad card. Try the card in another camera
Bad or bent contacts in the camera. This is a Nikon service Center fix.

Be sure the card is securely position in the camera. Don't force it, but it should feel seated. Sometinmes, turning it off, waiting a minute and turning it on clears the problem.

If none of these are a solution, then it could be the ribbon cable between the mother board and the CF slot. It's a common problem that many people have had. That's also a Nikon fix.

Let me know if any of this helped.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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Nikon offers Free Repairs on the D70, D2H, F55

Nikon has posted the following notice on its Support page for the D70 / D2H / F55 cameras:

" It has come to our attention that electronic components related to exposure control in some D70 cameras may, on rare occasions, fail.
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It has come to our attention that select electrical components in a limited number of D70 cameras may, in some instances, fail affecting camera performance and/or operability.
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