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The camera will not allow me to take pictures. It says=card is locked but I have tried three different memory cards and no luck

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Make sure that you are using 2GB or less memory cards for your older camera. 4GB or higher SDHC will not work with an SD300. There are several possible causes for "memory card locked", "memory card error", or "no memory card". Some include trying to use of a 4GB SDHC card with an older camera made before SDHC format came out. Others include problems with the tiny slide switch on the side of the card, or the electrical contact switch internal to the camera. The problem may also arise from simple formatting problems if the card has never been formatted in the camera (note that this will also erase the card). Troubleshooting tips for this problem may be found at this link.

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All SD cards have a lock function on them which keeps any changes from being made to the data that is stored within it.

If you look closely you will see a very small switch on the side of the SD card. Try switching it to the opposite direction and then try to take a picture. If it works then that was your problem all along.
If it doesn't, try switching it back just to make sure.

If you find that neither side works you may want to buy or borrow another memory card to make sure its not a problem with the camera.

Post back if the problem is still their and I will advise further.

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