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Re: Memory Card will not engage.
Generally, the mem card slot is an enclosed component, so even if you had it completely removed from the camera, it's still hard to see the pins. The easiest way is to shine a gright light into the cavity and visually inspect with a magnifying glass.
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The detection switch is either bent or broken. If you can see it you may be able to bend it back in position with a very small screwdriver blade. Otherwise the ASD circuit board the SD card unit is on will have to be replaced.
Cameras usually use words like "Locked" or "Protected" in error messages if it refers to the small "lock" slider on the memory card. "Memory Card Error" sounds like dirty contacts or a format or filesystem error.
problem is so common that there's a whole blog about it here:
You don't say if your camera is a Canon or not, but the principles will be the same nonetheless.
It seems that the camera gives this error when it has problems
reading/writing the card. The fixes they suggest there are to do with
cleaning the contacts. It's pretty easy to clean the contacts on the
memory card, but much harder
to clean the camera. I don't
following the instruction to spray cleaner into the slot... that sounds
like a recipe for getting it all over the inside of the camera!
I would start by cleaning
the memory card's contacts. You can either use a solvent such as Methyl
Hydrate (US) (= Methylated Spirit (UK)) and a kitchen towel, or you can
actually rub the contacts clean with an eraser (US) (= rubber (UK)).
It's probably worth looking inside the camera too, to see if any of the
contacts are obviously bent in the card slot. I've seen that in a
Nintendo DS which is similar. If a contact is bent, nothing's going to
work unless you can get it back in place.
Wow, CF cards. Well, as you said, the prongs broke which means you need it repaired. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=139&modelid=11154#SupportDetailAct
Advice: If you can, sell that and upgrade to the XTi or XT1 version of the Rebel. Now they use SD cards which doesn't have the prongs to break off. Also SD is more of the major memory card that is compatible with electronics. Otherwise, get a point and shoot. They are cheap and also use SD cards.
Repair cost: 2 Prongs replacement = All the prongs replacements. I'm not sure if they have that type in stock anymore. My guess is ranging from 60-100ish USD. Usually they will check to see what is the problem and bill you for their labor and parts.
It can be very difficult to see if the pins are bent, and harder to see if any have broken off. Do not probe with anything that can bend the pins. I suggest you create a small tool from a strip of paper and a toothpick. Pass the strip of paper over the pins while watching with a strong light. See if you can count each pin this way. A broken or missing pin will require repair by a Canon authorized facility. Your work will save you a diagnostic fee.
i hvae had this happen many times... ok this is what you will need to do. take the memory card out and look at the little brass things and clean them with something thats cotton. repeat this till it reads. i hope this will help.
Hey jarapo, There are many repair centers you could bring your camera to. I would suggest either contacting Canon and finding an authorized service center in your area, or you could bring it to a Geek Squad® precinct in a Best Buy™ store and they could send it out for service. I hope this helps! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
Remove the card and look inside the card slot of the camera to see if there are any bent pins. If you do find bent pins, you can try to bend them straight (it will be tough). If you do, DO NOT use a metal object. Use plastic or wood only.