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Camera thinks SD card locked but it is not

Camera appears fine for all purposes. Slide in any SD card we have including new ones and it thinks the card is locked and won't shoot pictures.

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  • Steve Hawkins Jan 09, 2008

    The suggestion was inappropriate since the card is not locked. Your comment above was very inappropriate and I hope you do not comment like that on other posts. We actually bought the camera new not on ebay thank you and it worked well for many years. Then one day it stopped working. I contacted Pentax who informed me that they could look at it for $150. I have tried various unlocking suggestions etc but figure the chip inside has gone bad. I instead went and bought a new Canon. Great camera. Thanks for looking.

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    My camera was working fine and i took out the memory card, put another one in and now it says that every memory card is locked. the slide on the card itself is not in the locked position and no matter if i put a new card in or one that i have had for a while it will not take pictures anymore.

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There is a little slide switch on the side of the memory card. Good luck!

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2008

    Thanks for the rating, you unappreciative prick. I'm sure everyone else will just want to jump in and help you now.

    In case you haven't realized, people tend to lock the cards because they think it locks it IN the camera, not realizing its a write protect for the card itself.

    Try reading the manual next time... or didn't your $50 Ebay camera come with one?

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2008

    What didn't you understand about my last response?

    This was your initial post:

    "Camera appears fine for all purposes. Slide in any SD card we have including new ones and it thinks the card is locked and won't shoot pictures."

    ***notice YOU typed "i think the card is locked"**

    This was my response:

    "In case you haven't realized, people tend to lock the cards because
    they think it locks it IN the camera, not realizing its a write protect
    for the card itself."


    Perhaps if you specified that you meant the lock ON the card, I wouldn't of sent you the suggestion in the first place. In the future, learn to phrase questions clearly / properly to eliminate unwanted responses. Enjoy your new camera.

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Try reseting the camera (check the manual for instructions) this sounds like an operating system issue which is just plain not fixable. Check in the SD card slot and look for dust or debris that may be irritating the works. let me know how it goes

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