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Old Aug 23, 2011, 4:06 PM   #1
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My relatively new Pentax K-X that I've been using for over a year now has developed a new problem. I keep getting "memory card error" or "cannot display image". I've formatted IN THE CAMERA a 16GB PNY and a Lexar 8GB - both class 6. I went from the 16, thinking that it was too much for the camera to handle, but I get the same messages from the 8GB. I've read where people are posting that it's a memory card problem and to buy only Sandisk, but do you think that possibly it's a hardware problem if it's happened on 2 brand new-formatted in the camera SD cards?
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 4:33 PM   #2
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it should not be a card problem if it is happening on 2 different cards. The slot might have a problem, I would contact pentax.
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Old Aug 23, 2011, 8:36 PM   #3
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Check to see if you unknowingly locked the cards, I know it's a long shot but

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Old Aug 23, 2011, 9:52 PM   #4
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Card reader/writers can fail, though it's rare in a camera (I had trouble with the Sony F717 when it was several years old). One thing I would do is make sure that the card can be read by your computer, when using a card reader. It's possible you could have 2 bad cards but it seems less likely. Do check the card lock, as silly as it sounds.

Another thing I'd probably do, even though I wouldn't expect it to make a difference, would be to take the battery out and re-insert it. It only takes a second and sometimes it's surprising how that can make a difference with some things.
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Old Aug 24, 2011, 6:00 PM   #5
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G'day SS

I have had the exact issue with an "old" 1GB card this last week
Tried to reformat the card in the camera ... no go
Computer reformatted okay
Back in camera same result - so chucked it away [new cards are not expensive]

maybe it's not the card at fault... ?
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I can't offer any insights beyond what has already been suggested, but I'd like to second mtngal's suggestion that you pop out the battery, wait 30 seconds or a minute, and reinstall the battery. I have no idea why, but that simple action often remedies wiggy camera behavior.
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Old Aug 25, 2011, 1:54 PM   #7
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I will agreed 100% with mtlgal.

Try to format them in your computer using the Panasonic formater tool.

http://panasonic.jp/support/global/c...oad/index.html

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Old Oct 13, 2011, 1:06 PM   #8
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....Update on my card error problem. I bought a SanDisk 8 gb class 6 SDHC card and guess what - no card errors at all!! So either the 2 other cards (PNY and Lexar) I bought at reputable dealers were bad, or this camera is picky about what brand of card it will use.
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Interesting that changing brands made a big difference. As i recall, I've heard of some having trouble with PNY cards in the past (different board though). I've only used Sandisk and haven't had a problem yet.
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