I recieved wonderful help from you this morning concerning the "card not initialized!" situation. Your directions fixed it. I then proceeded to take a few shots and using my external download device called DYNEX, I successfully saw the device appear on my desktop of my G5 Mac. When I went into the device to extract the Photos the folder was locked. I then removed the memory card and put it back in the camera to try taking more pics and the same sign showed up "card not initialized!". I re-did your instructions and removed it again. But what am I doing wrong? When I first got the camera two years ago I never saw this. Now it happens all the time. Is there some maintenance or something that needs to be done to restore it to its original operation level?
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Glad I helped the first time.Let's see if I do as well again. What I often see when memory cards are used in external reader (especially with Macs), is that the Mac writes files back on the card. Usually the file(s) are just data files and don't really do anything, until the camera tries to access the card. Camera says "I don't recognize that file. I sure didn't create it", and proceeds to reject the card. Usually if you open the card in the computer, you'll see a file or folder that wasn't there before (other than the one the camera creates). It may be a hidden folder, so you might need to change settings to show hidden files also. If you delete that unneeded file, the camera should recognize the card again, without having to re-format it.
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OK There are 3 problems that a company like Fuji should have avoided:
1. Directing one to "re-initialize" the chip and not providing any directions for doing so.
2. Calling it "initializing" in the menu and "formatting" in the camera menu.
3. Building a camera that blitzes the chip when the USB cord is accidentaly disconnected without following the ritual.
The FIX: Turn the camera on. > Switch from the red camera icon to the green arrow icon on the ring around the shutter button. > Press the "menu/OK" button. > Under the "Erase" menu, scroll up to "Format." Press "Menu/OK" button. > Re-format (aka "re-initialize') the chip and lose all images stored on it. Whoppeee!
Because this camera only understads FAT16 formatting, it does not accept any card larger than 2GB so your best bet is to use the current crop of standard 2GB CF cards, most newer ones (usually 16X and faster) are alsa fast enough for continuous VGA video as well. The best brands IMO are Lexar and Sandisk, but avoid the WA enabled cards, this camera can't make use of WA, it just slows the througput down.
Alternatively you may partition your 8GB card to a 2GB partition, but the rest of the card won't be accessible.
Your title/concern "What did I pay $13.99 ...", are you referring to availing of Premium Solution or a Live Session? For inquiries of this nature, pls send an email to General Support firstname.lastname@example.org.
As for your concern on a DX 1 Mb card not initialized and/or can't format, it could be that the memory card has been corrupted. Since neither the camera nor Windows can format, perhaps you can try and use HP Drive Key Boot Utility available here. Of course formatting would erase all and everything inside the memory card.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
I bought a new memory card for my finepix A330 camera When I turned on the camera after putting in the new card, the screen read "card not initialized" and won't take photos.my son is going holidays 13/9/08 could you help me please Alex Richardson
When you are viewing your pictures, press the menu button and go into the option menu.
then select set-up and go through the menus until you find 'format'. press ok and press left/right to select OK, and press ok.
It should then be working.
I had a similar issue with my Fuji E500. I had been working with it on my Mac, which automatically brings up iPhoto when it's plugged in via the USB port. When I removed the camera from the USB port, it turned on with a Card not initialized message. If your situation was similar to mine, here's how I fixed it:
Plug the camera back into the USB port and turn it on. When iPhoto loads, Got to finder and select Eject (unknown) device. Then, when you disconnect the camera and turn it on, the message about not initialized doesn't show up and you're back in business.
I hope this helps.
just wondering if you figured out how to "fix" it...i realize you didn't get any suggestions...this happened to my camera last night i'm going to be a tid bit pissed if we can't retrieve the pictures from the card...just got back from hawaii...awesome timing huh