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I have a Canon Power Shoot A540. When I turn it on and get ready to take a picture I am getting a message "Memory Card Error". Wonder if you can help! Thank you. Bonnie Steele

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It may just want you to format the card in the camera. This will erase it so download any pics you want to save first. Use a card reader if necessary.

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