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I have a cannon powershot sx20 and it keeps reading memory card error. i have tried to put in different sd cards but all the same thing

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It is possible that the card reader software is corrupt within the camera controller unit. If there is any connecting cord which can be used to connect the camera to your PC, then try this tip. Remove the battery and reinsert. connect the camera to be detected, now use a virus scan on the new hardware, if there is any detection remove the error from the memory
If this wont work then it is possible that the card reader connection within is faulty, might have to remove to take a good look inside.
Otherwise do not tamper but a camera tech to have a good look rather than tampering with poor tools.
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Posted on Aug 24, 2010

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