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Simply cannot get camera to accept memory card keeps saying

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Simply cannot get camera to accept memory card keeps saying write protected have slid the little tab but this still doesn't work tried other cards all say the same please help
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 2 years ago.

There is a little micro switch inside of the slot which the tab touches to tell the camera if it is locked or unlocked. The switch is stuck or in the worst cases has broken off or the circuitry has failed. The only safe thing to try, if your camera is still under warranty (less than 1 year old), is to get some "canned" air and use the thin extension to blow out the slot and attempt to free up the switch.

If warranty service is not an option: Remove the card from the camera and (use an older card for this if you have purchased a new one) clean the card metal contacts with alcohol and leave them lightly wet, then work the card in and out of the slot multiple times. A thin plastic pick can be used to gently probe and release the switch.

If still unsuccessful, the camera will require professional service.

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