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Canon S2 IS "memory card error"

Hi there

I have a S2 IS which has been great up until yesterday when my wife took the memory card out to print some photos on a photo lab machine and now every card that we insert into the camera reads as "memory card error'. This is too coincidental surely? Could the machine have had a virus which has been transferred to the camera? If so, can I reinstall the firmware and where do I get it from?

I have had no problems with this camera to date but this is frustrating now!

Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Peter Nicholson

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  • Pete Pete Feb 12, 2008

    Hi there and thanks for your response.

    Yes I have 4 different cards. They are different sizes and brands and all were working just prior to the problem. I have formatted them through the camera as a standard format and also the "low level" format. Interesting that it will still format the card but can't read it? Also done on my PC but makes no difference? One of the cards I haven't touched and it still has photos on it but obviously these can't be viewed on the camera as it won't read the card. They can be accessed through the PC though so are definitely there. Very frustrating!!


  • Andy May 11, 2010

    No, the camera cannot be infected with a virus. It would seem that it was a coincidence that the memory card issues started at the same time.

    However, I would ask a couple of questions:

    • I note that you state "every memory card." I assume that you have multiple memory cards. And I assume that all of them were working properly before the onset of this problem?

    • Have you attempted to access the menu and format the memory card since this has begun?



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Most likely the contacts inside the photo lab machine transferred oil / gunk / dirt / dust to your card, which has now coated / shorted the contacts inside the Camera ...

I believe this Camera takes an 'SD' type card, so you MIGHT be able to do something ... try using a bright light & magnifying glass to look down the slot ...

You might be able to blow out any dust / foreign object with compressed air (or **** it out with a straw on the end of your vacumn cleaner :-) ).. or you could also try using something (very) thin to clean the contacts ....

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