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The memory card is locked and I cant figure out how to unlock it...the camera wont take pictures and cant even erase the pictures

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  • LynnLewis May 24, 2008

    When I turn the camera on, it says "This card cannot be used." It won't let me look at the pictures or erase them. After a few minutes it turns itself off. I tried moving the tab up and down, but the card still won't work.

  • Anonymous Jul 18, 2008

    just slide the white tab on the card to unlock- problem fixed

  • Anonymous Jul 25, 2008

    i turn it on and it says "card locked" i can look at my pictures but i cant delete them or take anymore

  • Anonymous Nov 24, 2008

    cannot unlock card

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    I have the same problem. It won't unlock EVEN IF I SLIDE THE TAB BACK TO UNLOCK. and the camera isnt the issue either. I believe the problem is that the card is now defective for some reason staying in the lock position. I'm assuming the small parts inside that enable/disable the locking feature is broken and most likely won't be able to fix w/o opening up the card.



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Remove the memory card and look on the side of it their should be a little tab move it to the other possion and try the camera again. if that does not work with the card out gently tap the camera on the card side. and reinsert it their is a sensor that tells the camera their is a card inserted in it. it might be stuck. hope this helps.

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Alright, so I'm an inexperienced 16 year old, but my grandfather's camera had the same problem. after looking at the card and the internal card slot in the camera and trying a few other suggestions I've found, none of which worked, I tried something new. For the card to be unlocked, the small tab on the side must remain in the down (towards the gold plates) position. The problem you are most likely having is this: when you put the memory card into the camera, the tab is being pushed to the up (lock) position. Try putting the tab down and sliding the card into the the card slot in the camera once or twice to see if it pushed back into the up position. If it is, then this is what you need to do..
Step 1) Take the memory card out of the camera.
Step 2) Slide the small (usually grey) tab into the down position.
Step 3) Take a paperclip and cut off a small section of it 1/8 inch long.
Step 4) Place this small piece of paperclip in the small space behind the tab on the memory card, so that the tab cannot be slid into the lock position. (for the paperclip piece to stay in place, you will need to hold the card in a sideways-upright position so that the paperclip's position is maintained by the card.)
Step 5) Carefully slide the memory card into the camera so that the paperclip stays in position behind the tab.
Step 6) Close the flap on the camera and turn on your camera.

That's it! I hope it works for you too!

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If you have sandisk memory card there should be a little arrow pointing down with the word lock next to it. There is a grey tab on the side, if it is down, push it up. Now it should be unlocked.

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Thanx a million ! It helped me !!!!

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I was having a problem, where when i loaded either my old or my new memory card it would still say "card locked!"... so i took my memory card and battery out, opened up a paper clip, got a flashlight and looked in the memory card slot to find where the "lock" on the actual memory card lined up in there. I then ran my paper clip gently down the side where i thought the "lock/unlock" sensor may be in the camera itself (because i figured it was a problem with the sensor in the camera since it was doing it on both memory cards), loaded my memory card back in, and voila! it worked! i was shocked!

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For some reason the memory card got locked and I can not figure out how to unlock it.
I can not delete pictures and I can not take pictures.
I would like to know if you can help me.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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