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Memory card error

Hi! yesterday, i removed the memory card from my canon A530 from its memory card slot. when i inserted another memory card, the lcd showed" "memory card error" "card locked!" i inserted the other memory card but it still showed the same message. what is wrong with my digicam?what should i do about it? thank you for taking time to solve my problem. God bless!

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  • cnoreenv Mar 05, 2008

    dear aignome,

    i did exactly what you suggested. (I didn't see breakages nor dusts either.) however, nothing happened. anyway, thank you for you help. :)

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2008

    Same problem...nothing seems to help..

  • aaallleeexxx Mar 07, 2008

    i have this problem. does anyone post what you're actually supposed to do??

    i need helpp here ]:

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    Memory card is almost impossible to remove. How to get it out without damage

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Check the slot and see if the pins inside are fine, no breakages, free from dust etc. Try turning the camera on and off (completely remove batteries etc).

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