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I have a Finepix A500 and keep getting the message "card reader error". How do I correct this?

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There are several possible causes for "memory card locked", "memory card error", or "no memory card". The most common is trying to use a 4GB or higher SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Other causes include problems with the tiny slide switch on the side of the card, or the electrical contact switch internal to the camera. The problem may also arise from simple formatting problems if the card has never been formatted in the camera (note that this will also erase the card). Troubleshooting tips for this problem may be found at this link.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011

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    CameraR Mar 19, 2011

    Ooops, noticed that you own a Fuji which uses the XD card. Sorry about the previous answer. In your case for your camera, try wiping the XD card's contact points with a soft dry cloth to clean any potential soiling that may be interfering with the connection. It may also be necessary to attempt to format the card in the camera to see if that corrects the issue (note that this will also erase the card, do so only after backing up photos to your computer with a card reader). Finally, if the above two don't work, it may be time to replace the card.

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