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Memory card is write protected

When i switch on my camera it displays a message saying memory card is write protected. What does this mean and what can i do to fix the problem?

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  • Anonymous Nov 01, 2007

    I have the same problem!

  • Bitterwarhol Jun 17, 2008

    Ha! I did too, and then I fixed it :) The card has a little thingie on the side that is slid too one side to "protect" the pictures. Slide it the opposite way, and you're good to go!

  • bharti balot
    bharti balot Feb 24, 2014

    the thing u are taking about is on the memory card or on the camere

  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    When I want to take a picture, the display says "Memory card is write protected" and I can no longer take a picture. Any advice..

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Read the Manual[a more comprehensive version is on the CD in PDF format] to cgheck out the applcation of card protection. Every camera system is different but will be documented in its manual

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