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Canon ZR200 memory card say ''card error'' when inserted. Card is not locked. I have formatted it. Have used 3 different sizes of cards. Sometimes it will say ''card error'' then start working a couple of days later as if nothing was wrong. Last card used worked for 13 pics then started ''card error'' next time I turned it on. Currently it just says ''card error'' all the time.

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  • Lizz Black
    Lizz Black Feb 01, 2010

    I had already done the rubber thingy.(Did that one time before and it worked)
    But I did the alchol and rubber cleaning 2 times. Still says "card error".
    Can you think of anything else?
    If not, thanks for your help so far!

  • Lizz Black
    Lizz Black Feb 14, 2010

    Got it fixed! Someone, somewhere said they gave the camera a whack and it worked. Well, guess what --- after akk the work I did --- I gave it a whack on both sides and it has been working great since then.

    Go figure.

    Thanks for all the help.

    RottenRotti

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Sounds like the contacts for the cards are dirty. Turn off the camera and remove the batteries before doing the following.

Try taking a piece of card stock (or a manilla folder) and cut it to the size (width only) of your memory card. Fold it to make it thicker. Wet the creased end with rubbing alcohol. Now gently insert the creased end into the memory card slot and move it in and out to clean the contacts. Remove and blow out with a can of compressed air to dry. Let sit a few minutes and then your cards again. You might want to clean their contacts as well with a clean rubber type eraser by gently rubbing the contacts on the cards.

Posted on Feb 01, 2010

  • Mark Tidwell
    Mark Tidwell Feb 08, 2010

    If you only had one card, I would suspect the card has been wore from use. But since it is multiple cards and I assume they work in card readers, it can only be the one common object and that is the card slot in the camera. It is possible that the contacts within the slot have lost their "spring" and not making contact with the cards as you insert them. If it is a fairly expensive camera, then I would look into the cost of having the slot repaired. Most camera shops can have it fixed for you at a fairly economical price.

  • Mark Tidwell
    Mark Tidwell Feb 15, 2010

    I'm glad you were able to fix it. I would've never told you to "whack" it on the sides. Happy picture taking!

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