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Memory card error - E50

Use 512mb card. Took 200 photos. received message memory card error. tried to reformat. screen has E50 in lower left hand corner. does not format. Windows generated a control file on the CF card. Didn't know. Tried formatting the card. Failed E50. Tried formatting in Windows. Fail to complete, no message. Cannot delete file or directory. Can anyone Help? Deleting under windows gives "Delayed write fail"

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  • Gymbeesea May 29, 2008

    Thanks for trying but I have already tried that. Format fails to complete. No thing changes

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Try formatting the memory card via a card reader connected to your PC. Use FAT32.

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  • pms212 May 29, 2008

    That card is tango uniform....dead or mostly dead.

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