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I have a Canon 50D SLR. After a recent shoot using the sport mode and filling up an 8GB card, the camera is now telling me that I need to format any card I put in it. When I try to format, it then tells me that it cannot be done and to change cards. I have tried both old cards that were previously used in that camera as well as a brand new card. All with the same result. The camera is also indicating low battery charge, even with a freshly charged battery pack. Is there a reset or a software fix for the formatting problem?
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Camera and Video Technician: Neil, Camera and Video Technician replied 8 years ago
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When you format the card in the camera what is the exact message that is being displayed?

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
I don't have access to the camera just now, but will check tonight and revert in the morning. Thanks
Camera and Video Technician: Neil, Camera and Video Technician replied 8 years ago
No problem, also take note of whether it tries to format but times out or comes up straight away with an error message...
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago

When the camera is powered up and you press the shutter slightly to activate the auto focus, a "busy" message is displayed in the function box on the top of the camera. When you press the shutter again softly, the function box then displays "Err CF" and the LCD monitor immediately displays "Card not formatted" and "Format card with this camera".

 

Then, I press the menu button and go to Format on the LCD. When I try to format the card, the LCD then immediately shows "Cannot format. Change card". As already indicated, I have tried this with both old cards previously formatted and used with this camera, as well as brand new cards. Hope this helps.

Camera and Video Technician: Neil, Camera and Video Technician replied 8 years ago

Check your cameras firmware and if below 1.07 then try an update:

 

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=DownloadDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=314&modelid=17499#New Window

 

But this is sounding like a fault in the card reader.. Check inside the reader with a flashlight for any bent pins or foreign objects, if camera still has a warranty then return for repair.

 

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
How do I check for the firmware?
Camera and Video Technician: Neil, Camera and Video Technician replied 8 years ago
It should flash up on the lcd on power up...
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Think I found the problem. It looks like there is a single pin in the CFcard slot that is bent over. Probably not something I can fix, but probably not a complicated thing for a camera technician. Thanks for your help
Camera and Video Technician: Neil, Camera and Video Technician replied 8 years ago

If you have some tweezers long enough to get down there you may be able to straighten but make sure you remove the batteries before attempting this....Alternatively a plastic knitting needle or similar. Be careful not to over stress the pin or it could snap...

 

Good luck and thanks for the Accept

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