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I have the Canon Powershot S3 IS and all of a sudden it says…

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I have the Canon Powershot S3 IS and all of a sudden it says that the camera card is locked and it doesn't matter what card i put in it. Just wondering if I pressed a button by mistake, Thanks It says now that there is a card error.
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Russell A.
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Hi,

First, what is the size (capacity in gb) and type (SD or SDHC) of the memory cards that you are trying to use?
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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
i have tried a SD 2 gb card, a Sd 16 mb card and also a 8 Gb SD HC card.
Ok, no matter what you do, the 8gb SDHC card will not work in this camera. The file structure is too different.

First, reset the camera to the default settings using the instructions below.
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The connections in the slot may be worn from age or even more likely covered with a thin coating of residue or dust blocking full contact. If you have not already done so, clean a single card (contact metal) with alcohol, leave it "lightly" wet and work it in and out of the slot, periodically wiping it when withdrawn. If available, you can also use canned compressed air to blow out the slot.



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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
I tried everything you said above and it did not work, Do you have any other suggestions?

Do you have a memory card reader for your computer?

 

 

Do the 2gb and 16 mb cards show "locked" or do they also give you the "card error"?

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Customer reply replied 6 years ago
They all say memory card error and on the bottom of the screen it says card locked. These cards do work in my other camera which is a canon powershot sd 1200 IS. thanks

It appears that a component has failed, either on the main board or in the slot itself. Unless you have the tools and skills that are far beyond the normal user professional service is probably your only option. Considering the age and present value of this camera, paying the cost of having it repaired , approximately $110 - $135 really depends on how attached to the camera you are. The standard "rule of thumb" is if the repair cost is greater than 50% of the value of the camera, it is not worth it. A used or refurbished PowerShot S3IS can be purchased for about $100-$200. From my experience, your unit in "as is" condition would probably sell for $50 to $75 for "parts or repair" on an auction site.

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