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Cant Open the DVD cover

I keep getting "Format Error" notice for the disk that is in the camera now. Unfortunately I now cannot get the door open to remove the dvd - battery powered or plugged in; it says it is "Preparing To Open Cover" but it doesnt open and goes back to "Disk Access" which again fails to read and says "Format Error" and "Preparing To Open Cover" and so on and so on! Any ideas?!

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  • autumnlane Jan 29, 2008

    Can't open my door, same problem

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2008

    I have the same problem, the disc door won't release. Help.....

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2008

    exactly the same problem,

  • sixwasnine Jun 01, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem.. will not open. Please help.

  • Anonymous Jun 29, 2008

    I keep getting "Format Error" notice for the disk that is in the camera now. Unfortunately I now cannot get the door open to remove the dvd - battery powered or plugged in; it says it is "Preparing To Open Cover" but it doesnt open and goes back to "Disk Access" which again fails to read and says "Format Error" and "Preparing To Open Cover" and so on and so on! Any ideas?!

  • Dingoes6969 Jul 23, 2008

    i also have this problem, i didnt take it htough a x-ray tho, i think it happened after being in the car, but i suspect the camera is fine (not droped or anything) i just cant get it to open... is there a manual way of opening it?

  • alanfloe May 11, 2010

    Yes it did go through xray at airport. so whats would the problem be,



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I am curious, did anyone start having this problem after going through x-ray at airport?? We had trouble after that?? I paid a lot of money for this thing and I am ready to smash it hard, real hard!!

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