Granddaughter forced memory card into slot incorrectly and bent pins
My granddaughter forced the memory card into the slot incorrectly and bent a couple of the pins at the base on my Canon Powershot S30. Does anyone know of a way to get to the pins so they can be straightened? We've straightened crooked pins on mice using the hole in a ink pen and I would try that but first I have to be able to get to the bent pin.
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First, remove the card, and look in the slot for any bent flash card pins. If you see any, don't fret, it's possible that you can fix this yourself. See this article on how to unbend flash card pins.
But if no pent pins are seen, then the camera's clock battery has worn out, and is likely causing this problem. Unfortunately this battery is internal to the camera. But Canon will fix this for you (for the S400 only) for free, with free shipping. Please see the Canon advisory for your camera here.
The A85 uses a Type 1 Compact Flash (CF) card. If you're trying to put an SD card into the slot, it won't work. Using a strong light, check carefully in the card slot that you haven't bent any pins before inserting a CF card.
Think you may have bent a card pin. Remove the card and the camera's batteries. Look in the card slot for any bent pins. If you see one, don't fret, it may be fixable. Use a small/skinny jeweler's flat screwdriver to bend the pin back as close as possible (one from the dollar store is fine for this). Take your time and use as much patience as you can muster. Take a breather in between if needed.
It doesn't have to be perfect, just as close as you can get it. When it's there, take your flash card and "SLOWLY" insert it. The card itself should fine-align the pin. Remove the card, and verify that the pin is still straightened. If so, reinsert the card and try it out.
If there are no bent pins in the slot, then the next obvious thing to try is a different CF card.
Hi, I kept getting a "memory card error" on my Canon PowerShot S500 as
well. It turns out that one
of the pins in the CF memory card slot was bent. Maybe I accidentally
bent it while changing the memory card one day. Anyway, I had to take
the whole camera to get in there and straighten out the pin, but when I
put it all back together, it works great! No more errors. Take a look
with a flashlight and see if one of your pins are bent. And if you
decide to take it apart, be very careful about keeping track of where
each screw goes... they are tiny and they are different sizes.
Remove the card and look inside the card slot of the camera to see if there are any bent pins. If you do find bent pins, you can try to bend them straight (it will be tough). If you do, DO NOT use a metal object. Use plastic or wood only.