Camera screen says "card not initiallized" has been working fine till now. Any suggestions I tried formating via school computer but that told me I did not have permission to do so. We have been using and downloading pictures no problem, can you help thanks
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May be you inserted a memory card formatted with your PC. Format the memory card using the Format function in the camera menu. Format function can be found in the setup menu of the camera.
If this does not work, try replacing the memory card.
Had you ever initialized (formatted) the card, especially when you first got it? If not, an unformatted card will work fine initially, but almost always corrupts with time after many pictures are added. To prevent this issue permanently, you should always format a new card. But note formatting will erase the card! If you haven't saved your pictures yet, and you're having trouble locating them on the card with your computer, see this article. After you've recovered and saved your photos, format the card IN THE CAMERA using the camera format feature (look for it in its menus). This will rejuvenate the card, and prevent this from happening again.
Without knowing the camera make and model I can only suggest you check your owners manual on how to format your memory card, your manual may also call it initialize. I'm also going to include a diagram that shows the SD sliding lock, if this lock is in the lock position a whole sea of problems can "pop" up. the lock function is there top protect pictures or files on the card from being deleted by mistake. However sometimes these annoying little trouble makers get pulled down into the lock position. Here is the diagram. Remember check the lock and then format/initialize your memory card also after each time you download your images from the camera or the optional card reader you must format the memory card to have the camera properly function with the memory card.
What type of xD card did you buy? It needs to be a plain xD card with no letters before the file size or a type "M" card. For type "M" you will need to upgrade the camera's firmware.
This type of camera can't use type "H" cards, so cards like "H512mb" aren't going to work.
To initialize a card choose Menu.
Arrow over to "Set", then arrow up to choose "Set-up".
On screen "1" of the Set-up, arrow down to choose "Format".
This will ask you to erase all the images from the card, and format it.
Just today I upgraded my camera firmware to accept a type "M" card, initialized the type "M" card after that - and now it's working fine!
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