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Sony Alpha 100 won't acknowledge memory card

Keep getting error message on memory card, will take one photo, then the error comes up. Auto focus also not working right. Took to camera shop but they can't say for sure if a pin is bent...but that doesn't appear to be the case by simply looking.

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  • NUTZ119 Mar 09, 2008

    unable to use card message

  • masyura May 27, 2008

    I got the same problem ('unable to use card' error) with my dslr-a100 =( don't know what to do, want to check the flash card via external flash reader, but it seems the camera needs to be fixed, not flash card.

  • Anonymous Nov 26, 2008

    Got the same fault. Sent it to Sony's "specialist" here in sweden and came back after 2 month (ans a lot of nagging) with: "the CF slot pins where bent, adjusted".

    Same problem still exist for me after the return, and I cant se any bent pins, tried 3 different CF cards all working in a Canon EOS and in the USB reader on the PC.

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I would suggest that you give the camera to Sony service to have a look at it. The regular shop would not have the proper test facilities to properly diagnose any in depth problems with this type of camera unless they were an authorized contracted service rep. The problem may be involved.

Jerry G.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008

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