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Card protect there is a red message thats says card protect and wont let me record

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  • snakes1 Apr 01, 2008

    I have the same problem regarding a red card protect screen when I try to take an individual shot or when I try to use the camcorder. Nothing I have tried has solved this issue. In other words my camera is useless!!! I did e-mail the Aiptek technical support and they came back with one solution. Push the switch up on the SD card slot. That did nothing! I have tried to contact Aiptek customer support again and they just blew me off. This is a $250 camera that is worthless.

  • saraw Apr 05, 2008

    I am having the exact same problem. I can record just a little bit if I take the SD card out. I have recorded 4 short videos on the 4 GB card, but now I can't record or delete anything. I hope someone can figure this out!! Thanks!

  • stebbins Jul 26, 2008

    When I record from a TV source, it only lets me record for 17-25 seconds, then says "File Failed" in a big red box. I've tried everything possible but it doesn't seem to want to record any longer. I have a 2g SD card, empty... Any ideas?


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For some reason, the SD card in your camera is being viewed as write protected. There is a small "switch" on the SD card that slides. Slide it up and down a few times and try it again. If that does not work, here is the solution that worked for my camera. Place masking tape (opaque, used for painting) over both positions of the switch. I had to put 2 pieces to make it inflexible. Be sure not to get tape on the metal contact points. I hope this works for you. It fixed mine, although I don't really understand why. If this doesn't work, try a new card.

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You probably need to check the SD card and make sure the "lock" switch isn't pushed down. If it isn't then you may have to format the memory card

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  • sky9 Apr 27, 2009

    Same problem here (A-HD firmware v1.6), this just occurred
    now for the first time (after using/writing the SD on OS X and Vista), my guess is it must be an issue with the
    "protect" sensing (mechanical?). I tried saraw’s masking tape
    solution and this does at least now allow to again write to SD card (I have a
    2GB). I use one strip only, otherwise the SD gets stuck, so be aware. I also
    tried dance4you’s solution (after masking the protect switch with tape) and
    formatted the SD (connected by USB cable to a XP box) to FAT(16) with the “format”
    command (right click on the external storage device). Removed the tape, alas it
    now worked without the tape, but only once! Same procedure formatting to FAT32
    (nope, still “Card Protect” error), the back to FAT16: Now this does not work
    either. It must have to do with the sensing (cheapo parts), or combination with
    FAT32 writing.


    Tape is your helpline here (don’t forget when travelling
    with this cheap little ******).


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I had the same problem, and after trying (unsuccessfully) 3 different SDHC card, I finally figured it out.
My camera (A-HD v5v, firmware version 1.600) had a problem supporting FAT32 file system (virtually all SDHC cards would come formatted with this file system), and could only support FAT16 file system.
I've conducted an experiment, by formatting 4 GB SDHC card with FAT16 file system, and using it with camera. It worked (did not get message "Card Protect"), but this procedure will not help with any other SDHC cards, since natural limit for FAT16 file system is 2 GB (absolute limit is 4 GB), and therefore cannot be used with SDHC cards bigger than that. Of course, as soon as I formatted same card with FAT32, I've got the same message - "Card Protect".

Anyhow, solution for this problem is to either:
1. Use only SD cards up to 2 GB size, and formatted with FAT16, or
2. Get updated firmware from Aiptek, which will fix this problem

Unfortunately, #2 is not a clear option, since current available firmware for this camera (2.002) does not list in its Change Log any fix related to above problem. So far, I have not tried new firmware, and therefore I can’t confirm if it will work or not.

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