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Offline 64bitRuss

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Memory card error on new Camera
« on: May 20, 2014, 11:15:12 AM »
Got a new camera in the mail yesterday, and I am way behind on the technology. I haven't had a new camera since 2000, and that one had some internal storage and took this physically big memory card.

Now, with this new Canon powershot that I got, I put in a 2GB SD card and it keeps saying 'memory card error' on the viewing screen, and it won't take any pictures or shoot video. It also doesn't come with any instruction manual, I'm supposed to go to some link and download a pdf I guess. Anyway, basic question, I guess my memory card is no good? It won't even let me format the card. And I'm assuming that you can't do anything with a camera without an SD card inside of it nowadays? It seems like it doesn't have any internal storage, as I took the SD card out and it won't take any pictures, it just turns on and that's it.

The SD card I have is an old one by dane-elec, I think I should just start by buying a new one is my guess.

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Re: Memory card error on new Camera
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 11:51:20 AM »
Digital cameras now come with no internal memory.  You'll need an SD card (some cameras require different card formats but Canon is usually SD) if you want to do anything with it.  Did you try reformatting the card you have using your computer? 
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Re: Memory card error on new Camera
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 14:17:20 PM »
Is there an option on the camera to format the card. This will make sure it's in the correct file type.
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Re: Memory card error on new Camera
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2014, 17:32:30 PM »
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Is there an option on the camera to format the card. This will make sure it's in the correct file type.
Yes I found a Format option in the menu of the camera but it won't let me format this particular SD card that I have in it. So after work today I plan to purchase a new SD card and try that. I don't really know the condition of my current sd card, and I don't have an SD slot on my computer to check it. I'm thinking a brand new SD card is the remedy in this instance.

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Re: Memory card error on new Camera
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2014, 17:34:25 PM »
Ah, yes.  So getting a new card is the way to go. 
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Re: Memory card error on new Camera
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2014, 22:21:36 PM »
Yep if it won't format then like you say it's time to try a new card.
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Re: Memory card error on new Camera
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2014, 23:32:03 PM »
Got a brand new memory card and it works great now. thanks

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Re: Memory card error on new Camera
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2014, 03:13:05 AM »
Cool, glad you were able to solve this.  Now, enjoy the camera!  :)
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Re: Memory card error on new Camera
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2014, 06:07:51 AM »
Nice one fella.
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