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Canon S400 problem

I have a Canon S400 4mp camera that keeps reading memory card error. I have formated the card on my computer, Canon D350 and can't format it on my S400. Any ideas?

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The little internal button battery that keeps track of time is going dead. Canon will fix this for free on your model camera regardless of warranty status. Here's the link to the info:

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=223&modelid=8777&keycode=2112&id=27465

Posted on Mar 14, 2008

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    CameraR Mar 14, 2008

    Have also heard that since it's a very simple fix, that they'll sometimes just ship you a replacement battery with instructions on how to change it.

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