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I have a new Cannon EOS 40D the monitor works, all menu options work and I can preview all pictures taken, however the focusing screen will not come on. I am new to digital photography. I am not sure if I am missing something c and am sticamera operations or if there is a defect with the camera. Any tips will be appreciated. Bill

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Camera is only a few months old and has been used very little.
It worked fine until card was filled. Put in new card and the screen comes up to reformat but it wont format and says get new card. Put in the one that was just used and it says the same thing. You can't even view pictures just viewed.

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Problem fixed. answer was listed on fixya

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