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Memory card Anytime i try to take pictures on my new memory card, it won't let me take them and on the screen it says 'write error'.

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  • Anonymous Jun 23, 2008

    won't allow me to download to use new card

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    the computer can't read my camera?

  • theanphilus Oct 30, 2008

    I have an fujifilm A340 camera and tried numerous memory cards including fujifilms. I am not able to take pics. The camera keeps showing "card not initialized". What can I do to format the card to the camera?

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Http://www.fujifilm.ca/x3720.xml

Both H-type and M-type cards function with my camera now.

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I'll write the same repost as another I just did, as it sounds like your problem is the same or similar. Hope it helps solve your problem as well even though it's a different camera and memory card type.


Kristina,

Not knowing what model Olympus camera you have, or how old it is - your new memory card "format" problem is one of 3 possibilities.

1st - If you have an older Olympus camera more then 4-5 years old the newer M & H series type cards over 256mb will probably not work in your older camera, as by the camera's internal firmware chip design of the camera itself. Some cameras were upgradeable some weren't as to the internal firmware chip as well as available software drivers depending on which computer OS system you were using ie: (WIN98SE, WIN2000, etc). Has to do with the memory card read/write chip speed as well, and also has to do with the physical storage size of the card itself. Some digital cameras were MAXED OUT at 512mb cards, some as low as 256mb. A 2gb card simple won't work in that/your camera in that case.

If you read the camera's user manual it will possibly tell you this, or else go online to www.olympusamerica.com and use this link:

View which cameras are compatible

Select camera model series and scroll down the model # and research the max card size & type you can use (3 basic XD card speed types available - regular XD - M type - H type).

If you are using the wrong type & size card you will need to return that card (if you can) and get the right XD size & type for your camera.

2nd - You should always FORMAT (same as ERASE ALL and FORMAT modes on most Olympus cameras) the new card, or any XD card for that matter in your camera itself. NOT THE HOME COMPUTER!!! The 2 format procedures are not the same!!

If you are re-shooting (re-using) the same XD card over and over again and then downloading the JPEG pix directly to the computer using a USB interface cable there usually is no need to re-format the card again as long as the XD card stays the camera and is not downloaded into a home computer via a "card reader". If you do the latter "card reader" then I would advise doing a card re-format in the camera again just to be safe!!

And lastly - If your home computer recognizes the XD card via a good "card reader" (do not FORMAT the XD card here btw, as you are just checking the card out to see it is GOOD is all), but the camera will not then that is a good sign your camera is OK, but it's just the wrong type & size XD card.

Hope this helps solve your camera XD problem not knowing which model you have.

Best regards,

Frank

Posted on Mar 07, 2008

  • Frank JR
    Frank JR Mar 08, 2008

    Follow up to previous post:



    I didn't have the time to access the exact link below to check on your
    specific 2004 model year camera because I missed the Fuji camera model
    part, as I'm brand new to this site - so please forgive my previous
    oversight here.



    I was right though in my initial posted assumption that you bought the
    wrong XD memory card based on your Fuji FinePix A330 Digital Camera -
    as to it's older model year - in that your camera is limited to a
    512mb memory card.



    Make sure you buy the 512mb standard card if you still can find them.
    Otherwise check with Fuji Corp to make sure the M type card (faster
    read/write chip) will work in your specific model. The M type cards
    work just fine in my Olympus C-740 even though it was told to me they
    wouldn't work at all, but each digital camera is slightly different as
    to it's internal firmware (BIOS) chip.



    See the following camera info for your specific model at the link below under Storage Media:




    Steves Digicams - Fujifilm FinePix A330 - User Review






    I hope this now clears up any prior confusion from the previous post.



    Best regards,



    Frank



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