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When sandisk sdhc card is in camera i get memory card error and card locked messages, yet little switch on side is in up position unlocked, how do i correct this.

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  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    i have the same problem. the card works fine in my other camera. So I tried a brand new card and it does not work either. It must by an HP problem.

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I would try to reformat the card within the camera. Go to your menus and find the reformat card selection.
If that doesn't work, I would get a new card or return that one if it's fairly new. These go bad just like other media and you don't want to put pictures you care about on unstable media. I would also recommend buying the best quality media that you can afford. 
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