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Nikon D70, displaying error code 'CHA' when memory card inserted. Unable to format or use memory card. Have tried new memory card, still same problem.

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  • crazydoglady Dec 17, 2008

    I inserted my card I used yesterday, tried to view pix on card and I got a message on the screen saying this card could not be used. CHA appears on the display. removed card and reinserted a couple times before I could view pix.

  • BIGRICKSEZ Mar 21, 2009

    I HAVE TRIED 3 CF CARDS, A 1 GIG AND 2 GIG, ALL NEW CARDS, THEY WORK IN A CANON REBEL BUT GET THE CHA ERRORS WITH ANY CARD ON THE D100 NIKON, WITH NO READ, ATTEMPTED TO FORMAT AND IT SAYS IT DID, LOOKS LIKE IT SEES THE CARD BUT WON'T TAKE A PIX. JUST SHOWS A CHA ERROR ON TOP LCD, ANY FIXS

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I solved this problem by taking a Qtip with alcohol on it and cleaning the Compact Flash. Then I dried the Compact Flash with canned air. Then I took the card and inserted it and ejected it from the camera 5-6 times and POOF it worked. Also, I am using a San Disk 32 Gig CF card and it is working just fine now that my formatting issue is solved.

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CHA errors indicate a communication issue with the CF card. Your card could be going bad, you could have a broken pin, or any number of other problems.

I'm running into this same problem now. If anyone has a good step-by-step to troubleshoot which of the dozen things this error could be, I'd appreciate it.

For myself, I'm planning to start by trying a new CF card.

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What does CHA mean


Nikon says this about CHA:


When a Memory card is inserted into a D-SLR camera, the camera checks the card for compatibility and usability. There are three possible results of the test:

1) Camera detects valid Memory card, displays number of remaining images in top LCD

2) Camera displays "FOR" in top control panel LCD. The camera has detected a valid disk partition map, but was unable to read the first sector of the Memory Card. Formatting the memory Card using the cameras format option, should resolve this condition and allow the Memory card to be used.

3) Camera displays "CHA" in top LCD. The camera has detected an invalid partition type or is not working properly. Reformatting the memory card may allow it to be used. If an approved memory card causes the camera to display the "CHA" indicator contact the memory cards manufacturer for assistance.

(Nikon's list of "approved" memory cards can be found here.)

Please note that the default disk format used in Windows XP is FAT32 and if a card is formatted with this setting on an XP system, a D1 series camera will report "CHA". Reformat the card as "FAT" to use in the D1 series camera.


When the CHA error is shown, typically the camera will freeze and require that the battery be removed from the camera before it can take another picture. After that picture has been taken, the camera freezes up again for many owners.

Some owners have success removing and either re-seating or inserting a new memory card in the camera.

Some owners have success clearing the error by removing the lens and then reinstalling.

The key to these "fixes" is that they don't all work for everyone. You might need to return the camera to Nikon for repair. You can arrange for Nikon service here.

I hope this helps and good luck. Please rate this reply
. Thank you.

Apr 06, 2011 | Nikon D90 Digital Camera with 18-105mm...

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What does the error message CHA mean on a Nikon D70?


It means it can't read the memory card. Try formatting it. If that doesn't do it, try a different card.

Jan 04, 2011 | Nikon D70s Digital Camera

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Nikon d70 keeps popping up with "CHA". Wich means


You could try formatting in on PC by right clicking the card's icon in My Computer to bring up the options, then format it on the camera as well

Dec 16, 2010 | Nikon D70 Body Only Digital Camera

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Took the memory card out of my camera yesterday. when i put it back in it displays CHA on the screen. what happened? i can't use my camera.


The CHA error indicates an issue with the memory card in the camera.

Try another card and see if that works ok.

Also, always format cards in the camera.


In case the error comes back on a new card, you will need to send the camera to Nikon.

I will appreciate your feedback and positive rating for this free solution.

Sep 30, 2010 | Nikon D100 Digital Camera

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My nikon d70 says that file does not contain image data


Hi,
If the memory card came from a different camera and inserted into the Nikon D70, the error message will appear. Just format the memory card with the D70 and the error should disappear.
Hope this helps.
Andrew

Feb 05, 2010 | Nikon D70s Digital Camera

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I have a Nikon D50 with an error message "CHA"


This error indicates the following:
This card cannot be used (CHR) blinks.
Problem(s)
Error accessing memory card
Unable to create a new folder (on card)
Card has not been formatted for use on D70

Try another card
Format the card using your D70 (all images will be erased)
Check the card for visible damage or poor contacts.

You may have inserted a memory card that was been used in a different camera or the formatting process did not complete successfully.
I hope this helps.

Jan 30, 2009 | Nikon D70s Digital Camera

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Nikon D70 digital camera memory card cannot be used


First read:
http://www.vandyll.net/?p=499

Then read how, with pics: 
http://www.stephanmantler.com/wordpress/d70s-camera-repair/en/

Careful now....

Dec 09, 2008 | Nikon D70s Digital Camera

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Nikon D70 won't recognize the 2 GB, type II memory card


Try to clean the contacts of the memory cards and, mostly, of the memory card bay of the camera. Use a dry anti-static fabric (e.g. what we use to clean eye-glasses). DON'T use any liquid cleaner of anything like that!

Dec 11, 2007 | Nikon D70s Digital Camera

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Problem with Nikon D70


The error code "CHA" is telling you that the CF card you are using for storage is not compatible with the camera. You should consider trying a different card, perhaps a slightly older one that is not as fast.

I use a SanDisk Ultra II card, and that works fine for me.

Dec 10, 2007 | Nikon D70 Digital Camera with 18-70mm Lens

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