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Memory card locked!

Whenever I turn my Canaon A520 on it says "memory card locked!" I am unable to delete photos on the disk and I am also unable to take ant pictures. How do I "unlock" the memory card??

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    I have a Cannon A560 and it shows memory card locked on a new Sandisk card. The slide switch on the card is in the unlocked position and I tried moving the switch to and from the locked position with the same rersults. I also tried a second new card with the same results. Tried the card in a Canon A580 and it worked so it appears to be a problem with the A560 camera

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There is alittle slide on the memory card.
Take it out. Look for it. Depending what you have it may be yellow, look on the left. If it's down, slide up and it will be unlocked. :)

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