Hi, i have purchased a sandisk memory card,of 4 GB,for my digital camera,canon. but then when i switch the cam on,it displays a message sayin,memory card error,n also dat the card is locked,though its not locked,wat shud i do?pls help
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Re: sandisk memory card
Has this card EVER worked with your camera? Since you didn't mention the model number of the Canon, it's possible that you have a compatiblity issue here. Most 4GB SD cards these days are actually SDHC cards, which store memory differently (in sectors, like a hard disc drive, rather than bytes, like your main memory). All SDHC compatible cameras also support SD cards, but cameras sold before the SDHC standard was created will not support SDHC memory cards.
There's a chance that Canon has a firmware upgrade to solve this. You would have to look on the Canon USA web site for this, based on the model number of your camera.
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There are several possible causes for "memory card locked", "memory card error", or "no memory card". The most common cause is having the tiny slide switch on the side of the card in the wrong position. The second most common is trying to use a 4GB or higher SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Please note that your particular model camera can only use up to 2GB standard SD cards. These are relatively inexpensive these days, and may be purchased on Amazon if your local store no longer carries them. There are also other common causes if the above didn't help, with troubleshooting steps for this problemlisted here.
Deb, A couple of things you might want to try the little lock on the side of the memory card should be in the unlock position. If you are still getting the error message then shut off the camera and remove the battery and the memory card. Insert the battery after about ten seconds should and install the memory card then turn the camera back on. Format the card in the camera NEVER format the card in your computer, format the card over deleting single images. If this camera is new, new then you should have the instruction manual or may be called the owners manual look for formatting instructions, every digital camera has a format feature to clean the memory card. Now if all this still doesn't work you may need to update your camera software. My Canon Pro camera gave me a headache when I went from a 4 gig to an 8gig card it just wouldn't acknowledge I even had a card in the slot. However you may just need to hard boot it after switching the memory card to the unlock position. Don't forget to format the card. Robert
I'm assuming you went through the setup procedures (setting date, time, etc). If you tried to shoot any pics with no card in the camera, you now have pics on the internal memory. You need to get rid of those by going into the menu and finding "format". Then, insert your new card (making sure the slide switch on the side of the card is in the unlocked position) and do the "format" thing again to optimize the new card for the camera.
Hi! Does it work with other cards? There's a small switch on the memory card reader inside the camera which tells the camera that the card is locked. Most likely this switch is broken. You can try to point it with needle or something but I'm afraid you will have to give it away for a repair to a local repair shop or Canon service center.