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Memory card?? I posted before about when I turn my camera on it says the card is write protected but the lock switch isn't on. I tried cleaning it as suggested but that still doesn't work. Is there some kind of setting in the camera that would fix it?

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The way to check that for sure is to try your card in another camera or a card reader on a computer. If you can write to it fine there, then the problem is likely to be in the socket where the card goes into the camera - check there are no bent pins or dirt or corrosion. Also if you can borrow another card, try that in your camera and see if you get the same problem. If the card still says it is protected in another machine, and another card works fine in your camera, then the fault is with the card. Unfortunately these are rarely fixable, but if you take the card to an electronics shop, or fancy trying yourself, then if it is opened up the problem might be a mechanical problem with the write protect switch and it may be repairable, but it would be a fairly complicated job and certainly no guarantee of success. Hope this helps :)

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May be you should see the settings of your memory card, may be its lock! try to configure in it!

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If card lock button isn't faulty and doesn't free by sliding it a few times does your camera have a memory lock function in the menu?

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if it's a switch rather than a sensor, it may be damaged or have a rusty contact. a shop can clean or replace it.

Wat is write protect

It's the memory card. SD cards have a slide switch along one edge. The position farthest from the contacts locks the card, protecting it from writes. The position nearest the contacts unlocks the card, allowing the camera (or any other device) to write to the card.
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I slip in memory card and turn on camera and get a printout card locked. what do I do

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To fix this simply take it out, closely examine the memory for the button- the button will be closer to the word "lock" or "protect" and all you need to do is gently slide it in the opposite direction from where it currently is. Put it back into the camera and see if it still says "Write Protect."

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