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Memory card error

When I put my mem card in it gives me 2 options, power off, or format card. I choose format card and it warns me that it will erase all data and i say ok. it starts to format and then reads card error? What shall I do? Please/

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For what it's worth, after reading various postings here, here is what worked for me.  First of all I have 3 cards, 2 almost new, that had all been working fine.  Camera gave me the Format message on all 3. Because I am on a mac I always have to pull the card out and use a reader to download so I think that is more wear and tear on the card housing than for most people.  And recently I had been doing a lot of shooting and downloading.
I tried changing batteries, didn't cure.  Then I wrapped thin cotton fabric around card, inserted it, pulled it out (with great difficulty).  Now NOTHING worked, no response from camera at all.  I figured I really broke it now. 
I used an eraser on the card contacts, still no response from camera. In try-anything mode, I changed back to the original set of batteries.  Now it all worked correctly.
Who knows?  The other set of batteries I had inserted was rechargeables that were fully charged but I hadn't used them in the camera for a long time.  My daughter has been using them in her gameboy. Maybe their lifespan is compromised.  I had only recently switched batteries when this problem occurred, having exhausted a set of lithiums and switched to alkalines because that's all I had on hand.

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First borrow a card from a friend and try a different card. if it still doesn't work... trow it away. It's not worth fixing. you can take off the backing and expose the card slot. The card slot is designed so you can see all the connections where there are little holes in the card retainer assembly. you can check to see if they are corroded. I don't care to explain how to pull the backing off again. look at some of the other questions about this cammera. But start by prying the bottom and dont hinge the top back to far nor pull the top away from the cammera with a lot of force. you'll see why. And watch the capacitor. Even with no batteries in the cammera.... it still bites!!!

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