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Memory card error

I have a cannon 850 ixus and i keep getting memory card error what can i do about it?

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  • Envirocare Feb 28, 2008

    Canon Digitail Ixus 400 Camera.

    On switching on comes up with 'memory card error'. Tried different memory cards and sam error appears BUT sometimes, when switch on, camera appears to work with no problem. what is causing this intermittent error?

  • SammieD Jun 06, 2008

    When I trun on my camera a get "MEMORY CARD ERROR" and "CARD LOCKED".



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Check to see if the little pin on the memory card is set to "lock", this prevents the camera from accessing any of the data on the card causing this problem

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It seems that the camera gives this error when it has problems reading/writing the card. The fixes they suggest there are to do with cleaning the contacts. It's pretty easy to clean the contacts on the memory card, but much harder to clean the camera. I don't suggest following the instruction to spray cleaner into the slot... that sounds like a recipe for getting it all over the inside of the camera!

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If your camera gives you "card locked" error messages with several cards and you KNOW that the cards are indeed not locked via the sliding lock mechanism, then your camera needs to be sent in for service as it has developed and electrical communications problem within the memory card control function.

I would first however try a hard reset by resetting your camera to the default settings, removing the battery and memory card for two minutes, and then replacing them. Retest the cards for the error message. If it still occurs then call 1-800-828-8080 for your options.

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These are almost all the photos I took on my camera since a long time now. Could anybody pleeeese help me in retrieving my photos and recordings?

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