My camera just started acting up. I had the card inside and took pictures for over a year with no problems. The other day I tried to turn it on and the light turned on but nothing else happened and the light stayed on even when I tried to turn it off. I had to take the batteries out to turn the light off. When I took the card out of the camera it started working so I thought it was fixed therefor I inserted the card back in. It was a no go. The camera just won't work with the card inside. Please if you know what the problem is, can you help me please?
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Re: camera not working
It's most likely corrupted data on your memory card. Put it in your computer and backup your photos, then format it by right clicking on the drive and checking quick format. Try it in the camera after that.
If you don't have a card reader buy a cheap-o, or borrow one from a friend. You obviously can't use the camera as a card reader.
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If your camera is not dead, It is surely dying. Perhaps just a flat cable lost connection inside your camera, But more likely the electronics is on the end of life. My DX7590, started to act strange a few year ago, but I managed to shoot pictures still. I could not look back what I had shot, but I still made lots of pictures, till also shooting was impossible. (I could get the pictures from the memory card with an external card reader on my computer. My next step was again (a better) compact, but since over 2 years now I'm using a DSLR. I have learned a lot about digital photography with my Kanon camera's.
Yes, you are correct. Many people think that the little slider on the memory card is a switch that does something inside the card. In fact, the slider is just that... a tiny plastic slide and nothing else. There is indeed a microswitch inside the camera, and it is necessary that the plastic slide operates this microswitch (which it should do in the 'unlocked' position) for writing to the card to be enabled. If the microswitch is not operated, the camera gives 'card locked' error.
Try a different card. If you find one that works, perhaps the tolerances are out of spec. If no card works, perhaps the microswitch is actually broken.
it may have moisture inside that could be the root of the problem, try removing battery and card and put it in a jar of rice (rice acts as a great desiccant) and leave for a few days the try your cam again, if problem persists let me know and we'll sure find an answer.
try formatting the card, it maybe has a virus infection. better use another card and format using your camera. or you may try to remove then reinsert the card several times in your camera, this will clean the contact point inside the memory card compartment.
Try a CF card reader. If that shows no files then try some file recovery software with the card reader acting like a drive. There are some nice freeware programs that might help.
It may be that the files are corrupted then the solution is more difficult.