When i try to put the memory card into the slot by the battery, it only goes in partially then won't go in farther. When I checked, there were two wires inside the slot that were bent up slightly and would stop the card from entering. Anything I can do?
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Re: memory card won't go in due to wires bent up
The memory card is supposed to slide over top of those pins, they would need bent back down but I can not think of an easy way for you to do that yourself. If you have a service plan, now might be the time to use it.
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Confirm the power-on lamp and the monitor
are off and open the battery-chamber/
memory card slot cover.
Be sure to turn off the camera before opening the
battery-chamber/memory card slot cover.
Removing Memory Cards1Before removing memory cards, turn the camera offand confirm that the power-on lamp and monitor areoff. 2Open the battery-chamber/memory card slot coverand press the card in to partially eject the card. 3The card can then be removed by hand. Do not attempt toremove the card at an angle.
Insert the memory card.
4Slide the memory card in correctly until it clicks into
5Close the battery-chamber/memory card slot cover.
You need to have a look at the slot where the memory card goes in. Using a light, look down in the slot at the pins the match up to the card. There may be one or more bent or broken. If the pins are damaged, then it would be a major repair. Usually once they have bent, trying to straighten them back causes them to break off.
The two most likely causes are the card direction (I assume you've tried flipping it over), and bent pins in the bottom of the card slot. Take a look deep into the slot and look for any bent pins. They're very delicate, and don't like to be bent back and forth. I have had good success by straightening them with a thin screwdirver.
Think you may have bent a card pin. Remove the card and the camera's batteries. Look in the card slot for any bent pins. If you see one, don't fret, it may be fixable. Use a small/skinny jeweler's flat screwdriver to bend the pin back as close as possible (one from the dollar store is fine for this). Take your time and use as much patience as you can muster. Take a breather in between if needed.
It doesn't have to be perfect, just as close as you can get it. When it's there, take your flash card and "SLOWLY" insert it. The card itself should fine-align the pin. Remove the card, and verify that the pin is still straightened. If so, reinsert the card and try it out.
If there are no bent pins in the slot, then the next obvious thing to try is a different CF card.
Hi, I kept getting a "memory card error" on my Canon PowerShot S500 as
well. It turns out that one
of the pins in the CF memory card slot was bent. Maybe I accidentally
bent it while changing the memory card one day. Anyway, I had to take
the whole camera to get in there and straighten out the pin, but when I
put it all back together, it works great! No more errors. Take a look
with a flashlight and see if one of your pins are bent. And if you
decide to take it apart, be very careful about keeping track of where
each screw goes... they are tiny and they are different sizes.
Remove the card and look inside the card slot of the camera to see if there are any bent pins. If you do find bent pins, you can try to bend them straight (it will be tough). If you do, DO NOT use a metal object. Use plastic or wood only.
Look at the bottom of the memory card slot, you probably bent one or more of the contactor pins. Use a small screwdriver and carefully try to straight the bent pin then carefully put the memory card back in.
From now on, use a USB cable for downloading your pictures and don't pull the card out anymore as the pin is probably weaker than before and can break.