When I turn the camera on there is delay, the screen is black with the word Access, then the screen turns blue and displays "Format error" and beeps. The memory stick symbol and a code C:13:01 flash. The camera will not take pictures in any mode. I cannot review the pictures taken so far.
There are fully charged batteries in the camera.
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Please take out memory stick from camera and power up camera and check still gives format error? If no further error then put memory stick back in camera and press Menu >> Format >> OK to format memory stick. That will delete all data on memory stick and refresh it for new photos.
Please try to take as many pictures from memory stick as you can then format memory stick through format option in setup. Hope this will resolve this blue access issue. You can use another memory stick like 1GB in this camera.
Please check battery terminals inside battery compartment got clogged or black. Clean them with alcohol or some thing and should be shining. I have seen few DSC-S600 with same problem and got repaired.
Switch your camera to Setup on the control **** located on the top.
Take out the memory stick and press the reset button located inside the battery compartment.
Now switch on the camera and insert the memory stick.
If you do not get the error go to the little toolbox on the menu. Select the format option and proceed through the warning messages. Remeber you will loose all data on the memory stick.
Things should now work. If not some simple thing that sound bezare but has worked for me is pushing the memory stick in and out before the camera displays the error. Do this several times until the camera actually reads the stick and them format the stick first chance you get.