Question about Nikon D70 Digital Camera with 18-50mm Lens

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"for" message on LCD

I am getting a "for" message on the LCD when i try to take a picture on my D70...what does this mean?

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  • Seacee Oct 02, 2008

    I can say now I had the problem. I reformatted the card using my computer. I tried it again in the camera and still got the same for message. I put it back in the card reader and right clicked and found it gave me the option Fat rather than the Fat 32 it was reading. I formatted using the Fat and found it the message went away and I was able to shoot.

    My best guess is that since I may have formatted a couple of my cards in my Nikon D200 which is does format under Fat 32 it could no longer be read? in my D70 until I changed it in my computer.

    Try it and see if it works for you and let me know if this makes any sense. Eileen


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It means you need to format your compact flash card.  Or...it may be that you've been bitten by the infamous BGLD problem (Blinking Green Light of Death) that caused my D70 to eventually be replaced by Nikon.  Thankfully it was under warranty at the point, which yours will not be.  
If you haven't ever formatted your card, this is probably the problem.  To do so, just hold the two buttons that say "for" in red on them down for a second so that the letters "FOR" start to blink, then do it again while seeing that.  Let go and wait a couple of seconds.  The FOR will be replaced by numbers that tell you how many images you have left on the card until it is full.  I format my cards EVERY time I put a card back in the camera.  This prevents bad locations from cropping up on the card and creating bad images (corrupt).

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I had the same problem but solved it by formatting my cards on my computer. When it didn't work I tried again only this time I right clicked and found it was formatting in the Fat 32 mode which apparently the D70 does not support. I changed it to Fat and that cleared up the problem. I believe I had formatted those cards previously in my D200 and therefore it formatted in the Fat 32 mode and thus caused the problem in my D70.

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