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I shot a wedding and got the ERR message 3

I've done some serious shooting with the Nikon D90 for the past 9 months with the result of some beautiful pictures. Got the camera brand smacking new in Feb 09 and started experiencing problems with "ERR and F" messages back in April 09 and mailed it off to Nikon for repairs. After receiving it, I started getting the "ERR" messages again in June and then again in September (did a wedding). To solve the problem, I remove the battery and insert back in. Turning it off does not do the trick. So frustrated that nikon keeps telling me to reset the camera to its defaults... I hate to part with it again, because I'm always shooting events. What is going on with these ERR messages?

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Take your manual reset a little further...remove the card and battery...press all the buttons...leave the camera alone for at least 20 minutes...insert the card and then the battery...turn it on. See if that works.

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