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Nikon D2H - can't load a CF card. The card release button

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Nikon D2H - can't load a CF card. The gray card release button doesn't do anything.
JA: What's the make/model of your camera? How old is it?
Customer: It's an older D2H. I received it as an inheritance. It's the same operation as my D800 and the mem card slot and mechanism is the same too.
JA: What happened right before this popped up? What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: I had a mem card error and opened the slot, removing the card without turning off the camera. The CF card goes in most of the and then stope. The release button doesn't pop up when the card is inserted.
JA: Anything else you want the camera expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: What's the cost?
JA: You just pay a $5 deposit now and the rest only when you get a reply from the camera technician. All of this is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, so you can get a refund if you're not happy for any reason.
Customer: How much is 'the rest'?
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Rick replied 15 days ago.

Hi. My name is*****'m a camera repair technician with almost 30 years in the business and I'll be glad to help you with your question today.

If the card doesn't seat all the way in, the ejector button won't do anything. The most likely cause would be bent pins at the bottom of the card slot.You'll need a flashlight to see them. The camera can be repaired but it'll take a technician to do it. Damaged pins need to be replaced individually and the camera needs to come apart to do this. You may want to check locally for a camera repair shop in your area, or, if you need assistance finding a shop, please letme know and I'll locate one for you.

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Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Thanks for the quick reply. I don't think it's a pin issue because the men card release button/lever isn't seated down, ready to pop up when the card is loaded. It slides up and down freely. It's as if the mechanism thinks there's a CF card in the slot and won't let me insert another one.
I'm comparing what I see with my Nikon D800.
I didn't power off before removing a CF card per directions. Could this be a factor?
Expert:  Rick replied 15 days ago.

One thing that happens is when pins break off in a card. It can damage another camera if used. Look carefully at the 2 rows of pins at the bottom of the card slot for any kind of damage. If it's just a bad ejector mechanism, all the better. That's easier to repair. It still has to come apart to do this and, unless you know what you're doing, things break very easily inside these cameras.

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Rick