After owning my 8080 for over a year, it suddenly comes up with the Card Setup screen every time I turn it on. If I choose Setup, it goes to a Busy bar and gets halfway done and times out. The camera goes black but does not power off. It does not give me and option to Not format the card, only format or power off. I have swapped out cards, swapped out batteries, formatted the cards on my computer and tried again. I'm stumped. The cards are read no problem on my computer and I've trasfered all the data from them. Help?
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Re: Card Set Up Error
XD or compact flash? If its the xD, format it in a Fuji camera at a camera store (just ask to see a demo and explain to the guy you want to see if the camera will work with that card...) Fuji seems to format cards better than Oly, even the tough ones. If it is compact flash, look inside the socket for any bent pins, common for that type of card.
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Go to your OPTIONS screen, choose SETUP, click on the SETUP SCREEN, click the RESTAURANT FEATURES tab, then click the TIPS tab. Choose YES for the first option. You can also print a suggested tip and percentage underneath this, if desired.
It might be setup to go into sleep mode if it is left idle for a certain period of time. To change the settings click the following(I am assuming you have windows vista or windows 7): Start,Control Panel,Power options,Choose when the computer goes to sleep(look on the left side),Then adjust the settings to what you wish by clicking the black arrow there. Also check the "choose when to turn off the screen" in the same spot you clicked Choose when the computer goes to sleep.
CF cards are flash memory based technology and as such have the practical limitation of 500-1000 overwrite cycles before they can become unstable. I would suggest you have a card(s) which are reaching this stage in its life. Beg, borrow or buy another card to see if your luck changes....I suspect it will.
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program such as Picasa.
When you get in setup check the time and date and see if correct, if not; correct it and save settings and exit, then it should reboot.
If the time is correct and date then you will have to reboot the system and keep pressing F8 while its booting, this will take you into safe mode, you need then to choose last known good cofiguration and hit enter, hopefully you should now get into windows.
Try running camera directly on DC from charger and see if it stays functioning.
If it does, they you either have:-
1) a faulty Lion battery
2) the battery detect circuit in the camera is faulty (reporting low battery and forcing shutdown)
3) the power switch on top of the camera may be leaky or partially collapsed
4) internal power supply circuit in camera has developed a fault.
Good luck...hope that the issue is the battery.
check your firmware version and update if necessary. Usually you get the "busy" message when your camera is writing to the card and it's possible the card isn't quite right - a format should fix it. Alternatately you might try a different CF card to see if the problem goes away. Good luck!