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aReasontoHope 7:51pm, 19 January 2008
A Mother's Soul was kind enough to borrow me a camera.
I took a few photos with it and decided to see if they would transfer onto my mac. They did, and everything went fine.

But once I took the card back out of the computer and into the camera, the camera screams at me and reads "MEMORY CARD ERROR, PLEASE CHECK THE CARD."

I've tried about everything, including pestering Moe for help.
He thinks I need to reformat it, and I think he's right.

But I have no idea HOW to do that, because whenever I right click (REMEMBER THIS IS A MAC) the only thing closest to re-formating, is getting the Memory Card Information.

It says it's format is MS-DOS File System (FAT16)

.......wtf does that mean??
and how do I get it to work on here!?

HELP
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Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Shawn Thompson - Lake Superior Photographer (admin) 11 years ago
You should always reformat using the camera. Put the card in the camera and Go to the camera's menu and probably the tools menu and reformat the card. Shouldn't be an issue.
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The camera if I remember will not let her. It get the error 1st and will not let you bypass it. The card needs to be reformatted in a card reader on a computer? Allison has a Mac and I have no idea how to format using a mac. Anyone?
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Honestly, the card may be shot if it won't let you reformat it in camera. I have been having odd problems with it on and off for about four months, but as of the last time that I used it it was working. If you can't get it working I'll buy another memory card for it and bring it to the next meeting.

Al, you just can't catch a break, can you?! ;-)
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
My mom said she can just buy a new one, but not until friday.
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Karl W. 11 years ago
there is a way to re format on a mac, it's really weird though. I'm not sure if it's the same but you go to "finder, applications, utilities, disk utility" you then click on the card that you are going to want to reformat, then go to erase, and pick I think "dos" or something.

It took me awhile to figure out how to do it
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HBRstudios 11 years ago
Even if you can format the card on the computer, I'm pretty sure it will still have to be formatted in the camera to work properly.
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
Thanks Karl, I've found it, but I'm not figuring it out.
I'll keep trying though.
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Karl W. 11 years ago
I think you can format it "ms dos" or something which I think is the same as "fat" something, then that should fix the error possibly and then you can try formatting it on the camera. That is if you can't format it on the camera in the first place.
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
I went and bought a new card and it still doesn't work
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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Google the camera brand )pentax d7458m? and what the problem is... Memory card failure and see if anyone else is having the same problem and if there is a fix for it. I noticed when you take the card out it will turn on and not show that error. Maybe there is something that you can do with the card out in the program mode to make it work? Sorry to hear that.
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Karl W. 11 years ago
Maybe this is a sign that you should go to film. : p
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
So my mum and I tried to reformat a brand new SD card both in the computer and in the camera. I'm starting to think something is wrong with the camera, because I followed the directions the booklet gives you on how to reformat the card when "MEMORY CARD ERROR" comes up, and nothing happened. I can reach the re-formating shit when the memory card is out of the camera....but that's no help.

So, A Mother's Soul, I'll bring the camera back on Wednesday to the meeting. If I keep it any longer I'm afraid I'll wake up and it'll have spontaneously combusted. Thanks anyways :)
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Karl W. 11 years ago
Are the sd cards unlocked? The tiny little slider thing on them. Sometimes those can be switched when putting them into a camera. I had that happen a few times.
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
They're unlocked alright. I've about checked everything there is to check.
If it wasn't someone elses camera I'd chuck it out the damn window.
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N. Lindstrom Photo 11 years ago
My grandpa always said that about the weed-whip. But he was always outside when he made that threat....

Arent there 2 kinds of SD? SD and SDH I think. Could that be a problem? I thought I remember reading something about that in a magazine at one point, that the SDH caused problems.
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
I'm positive I got the right one. I brought the camera up to Best Buy with me and talked to the camera dude for awhile.
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Karl W. 11 years ago
you should be fine for sure if you got a 2gb or less, well you could try updating the firmware on the camera?
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Ya I wonder if it's a firmware. Go to the camera brand wed sight and look for firmware up dates for that model. It could be as easy as that. But you would need a cord for the camera and I know you dont have that. Shana do you have a cord for it?
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
Yeah Karl, I got a 2gb. So that should be fine. Moe I'll try that and get back to you.
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Karl W. 11 years ago
I'm guessing it's just a standard mini usb to usb so you probably have a cord laying around somewhere
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It is a standard mini USB.

Al, I am sorry that you are having so many troubles getting the camera working. I swear that it worked when I last used it in December!
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
So far I've found a bunch of online petitions for Panasonic to release a firmware update for the model I have. And a ton of complaints.
Apparently I'm not the only unhappy user.

GRRRR.

And Karl, I've searched this house up and down. I don't have one that fits this camera.
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
Shana it was so nice of you to borrow it to me. I guess I just have bad luck.
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I might have a cord for you. I will bring it Wed if I can find it.
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I have multiple cords, but I won't be at the mtg Wednesday. Maybe one of the other DPG members can mess wit\h the camera on Wednesday and see if they can figure out what is wrong with it?
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Sweetlake 11 years ago
Ali, I have a similar model, I'd like to look at it. I'll be there on Wed. If you want to do something sooner let me know, I may stop by HCIS tomorrow. Ted
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aReasontoHope 11 years ago
Ted I don't have school until Wednesday, but thank you ;)
I guess I'll bring it to the meeting and see if anyone wants to take a crack at it. And Moe if you find a cord, it's worth a shot.

Thanks everyone :)
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