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"Card Locked" error is false!

My Canon SD600 is telling me that the memory card is locked, even when the card is unlocked, and no matter what card I use. This is really frustrating because I can't use the camera at all! It was working fine, no trauma, just started doing this a few days ago.

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  • billontyne Mar 21, 2008

    My son took the 1GB memory card out of his Canon S2 to try a card with more memory but this didn't work. On replacing the 1GB card the message "memory card error" and "card locked" showed. I tried to reformat it in the camera but it wouldn't give me the option. Help!

  • tomt123 Apr 02, 2008

    I have the same problem, where I get "card locked" even though all the SD cards that I try have the switch to "unlocked". I think it started happening after I accidentally took out the card without turning off the camera. Is there any way to reset the Camera settings? (I already tried the "reset all" menu setting, and it didn't work)

  • tekoa_rose Sep 20, 2008

    My Camera had been working fine for quite a while and then for the last few months, here and there after I take a picture, when I go to view it it says Memory Card Error, or Corrupted Data with a big icon of a question mark. I assumed it was a problem with the memory card. So I bought a new 4G card. When I place it in my camera it says "Memory Card Error" when it's on the photo taking mode and "Memory Card Error, Card Locked" when on the viewing mode. I know about the switch on the side to lock and unlock the card and it does the same thing either way. Can Canon cameras not handle a large Gig memory card like this? I really hope it's the memory card and not my camera.

  • jess83r Sep 28, 2008

    this isnt an issue with the switch. sounds like all of us already turned the switch. the card is unlocked and it still says locked!

  • cweber727 Dec 28, 2008

    my camera is telling me the memory card is "card locked" and it is not! Help

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Remove card from SD600 camera. Locate sliding switch on side of SD card and move from lock to other (unlocked) position. That ought to do it. Compact flash card is another issue.

Posted on Mar 24, 2008

  • Stephanie Miller Oct 24, 2011

    what if the little slider thing is gone?

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