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I just purchased and utilized a brand new CF Card for my Canon S20 and I get an :"CF Error" readout. What is happening and how can I correct it.

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  • actionj89 Aug 24, 2010

    Thank you for your response. How do I do that. Format?

  • actionj89 Aug 24, 2010

    How do I format my CF Card

  • actionj89 Aug 24, 2010

    How do I format my CF CArd?

  • actionj89 Aug 24, 2010

    Cf Read out says error- Brand new card- Someone said something about formatting?

  • actionj89 Aug 25, 2010

    Thank You!! All is well!!!
    God bless!

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The card needs to be formatted in your camera

Posted on Aug 24, 2010

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    Doug Olmstead Aug 25, 2010

    Note: this model will not support formatting or editing from another camera or application
    also it is advised not to remove or turn camera off while CF is being read/written or formatted.

    steps :
    1. turn camera on battery fully charged
    2. turn dial mode to camera picture
    3. press menu button
    4. use arrow button to select the tools icon (wrench & hammer)
    5. navigate down to format
    6. exit setup
    7. test camera function.

    If this does not work the logic circuits of CF card may be faulty

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This may be caused by the fact that you did not format the card into the camera ...For to do that ..just get into the main menu ...and look for storage ..in there select the card ..and than format it ..also select the storage to be on the card and not on the internal memory ..
If you can not find the feature in the camera ..just consult the manual for formatting card ..or insert it in a card reader in the laptop or so ..and format it in the computer ..by right click on the removable device in the my compute folder and choose format ..To format it proper ..choose quick ..and the Fat 32 mode..
after that will work in the camera ..
Remember if you can ..try to format it into the camera ..cause it is the best choice ..

Posted on Aug 25, 2010

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    Catalin Turcu Aug 25, 2010

    to format it ..just look in the menu for a feature called storage ..access it ..and inside you will have 2 choices for internal memory and memory card ...choose memory card ...and than on the memory card open options and choose format ..this will erase all on the card and make it usable ..
    if you do not find the feature...just insert the card in a card reader ,,and format it in a computer ..by right click on it into the my computer folder and choose format ..(remember into the computer the mode is FAT32 for this kinda cards..)

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https://support.usa.canon.com/kb/index?page=content&id=FAQ100296


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Solution: Try a different memory card and/or Reformat memory card PowerShot A70


Formatting a CF Card You should always format a new CF card or one from which you wish to erase all images and other data.
caution_a70.gifPlease note that formatting a CF card erases all data, including protected images and other file types. Please check the contents of the CF card before formatting it.
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  3. Select format_icon_a70.gif(Format) using direction_arrow_up.gifor direction_arrow_down.gifand press the <SET> button.

    format_menu_2.gif

  4. Select [OK] using direction_arrow_lt.gifor direction_arrow_rt.gifand press the <SET> button.

    format_menu_3.gif

    • To cancel formatting instead, select [Cancel] and press the <SET> button.
    • The capacity of the CF card displayed after formatting will be less than the rated capacity of the CF card. This is not a malfunction of the CF card or camera.


  5. Press the <MENU> button.
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