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My card will not insert all the way and it has been suggested that I need to open up the camera to fix a probably-spent pin. How do I open, where do I start, etc? Is this a risky proposition?

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If you check you have probably some bended pin, I had the same and I put them back with a very small and long nose screw driver for camera but the suggestion of a long needle is also good but don't open the camera because I did and we can not remove that part or work on it because you will have to break a type of sealed electronic card so it is impossible for someone who does not have all the tools and resources for it. It need patience to bring back straight up the bend pin. You also need a magnifying glass to see clearly were to put it back in a good alignment. But I succeed there was more than 3 bended pins.
Good luck.

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That is a very risky proposition as you might say. you know nothing about its architecture. The people who knows this things are found on the Canon Service Station/Center. To avoid future problem that may arise if you'll gonna do it yourself, just visit the nearest service station in your area.

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