Help? Olympus C3030 card errors

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Cynthia P, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. Cynthia P

    Cynthia P Guest

    I hope someone has some ideas I can try!

    Camera involved is an Olympus C3030.

    Recently, it appears my camera will not read any of my SmartMedia
    cards. I get a card error, but the camera will NOT format any of the

    This all started when I got a new Dell computer running Win XP Pro
    (previous computer is Win95 and still running... with SanDisk Parallel
    Port card reader)

    I have a Dazzle 6 in 1 USB card reader on the Dell.

    Having taken some test images for a new lighting and background setup,
    I wanted to see them quick, so I downloaded to the WinXP computer. All
    fine, no problems... until I put the card back in the camera!

    Suddenly, the camera will not recognize it. I can't format it, take
    pictures, view pictures, anything.

    I put the card in the Win95 machine card reader and it won't recognize
    it and cannot format it.

    I can format it in the WinXP Dazzle card reader (format to FAT as
    manual says) and the card appears to work. I can take the previously
    downloaded images from the camera and load them back onto the card and
    read and open the files.

    I can't get the camera to recognize it though!

    I have purchased a small and inexpensive SmartMedia card off eBay, but
    am afraid to put it in the camera. Is there anything going on that I
    should know in using cards on two different OSs?

    Or is my camera broken down?

    Cynthia P, Feb 20, 2004
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  2. Cynthia P

    MB Guest

    I've had a 3030 for several years. I leave the SM card in the camera and
    download the images via USB using Camedia. When they're in the PC, I shut
    off the camera and detach it. If you ask on the NG about downloading
    images, 9.5 out of 10 will say, use a card reader. But using one requires
    that you remove the SM card and replace it again, time after time.

    Cynthia, you don't have to take the card out of the camera. If you get this
    thing solved, put the 128 card in and leave it there. And you never have to
    format a card-- ever. This was discussed here a couple of days ago. The
    consensus was, why format? I delete the images in the camera, and I've
    never formatted an SM card.
    MB, Feb 21, 2004
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  3. This is the second or third time I've read here about corrupted memory
    cards related to the Dazzle 6 in 1 multi-card USB reader. IIRC, the
    problem is related to a corrupted partition table or FAT (File
    Allocation Table) error. The fix is to use DOS fdisk to repartition
    the card, so a new FAT is written to it. The card for the C-3030 uses
    FAT16 and a single partition. Use fdisk only to do the partitioning
    and NOT the Windows GUI interface. And format the card in the camera,
    not with the computer.

    No, I don't think your camera is broken. I have a C-3030 also, and have
    never had any problems with corrupted cards. I use a dedicated SM only
    reader. Put the new eBay SM card in your camera and see if the camera
    reads it. Then go to the card setup menu and reformat it. And, then
    get rid of that Dazzle multi-reader and get a dedicated SmartMedia ONLY
    reader. Or hook your camera directly to the computer via a USB cable.
    Stefan Patric, Feb 22, 2004
  4. Cynthia P

    Cynthia P Guest

    I actually did try this, I downloaded the update to my Camedia
    software and the drivers... but I was not able to download from the
    camera to the PC via USB.

    Frankly, though, I prefer a reader as it is not unusual for me to go
    through several cards when I shoot. I always shoot SHQ and full
    resolution and when I get my setup ready, I like to do a bunch at

    So just leaving a card in there is not the best solution for me.

    Cynthia P, Feb 22, 2004
  5. Cynthia P

    Cynthia P Guest

    Well, my two new SmartMedia cards remain working. The prior three
    remain scrambled. I finally got up the nerve to use the new 128MB card
    in my camera and Dazzle reader... I am just being very careful to shut
    the machine down between switching cards in the Dazzle reader. It is a
    pain, but better that than scrambled cards.

    So far, so good. Both my new 32 MB and new 128 MB cards remain working
    and useable.

    Now, I did try getting a SMprep compatible reader off eBay. I got the
    SanDisk SDDR-09-01, new in box. Yes, I knew this was a risk, SanDisk
    says on their site that this reader is not supported under WinXP.

    However, they also suggest it might be possible to install and use it
    under WinXP so I figured it was worth a try... both to fix the three
    cards that have been scrambled, and to have around for future

    I tried. It appeared to install OK, i.e. I got a drive letter using
    the SanDisk Win2K drivers for the device as suggested.

    However, upon inserting the media in the reader, I could not access
    it, just got an I/O error message. Nor could I get the green drive
    light to stop until I safely removed the hardware. Eject did not work.

    Fortunately, the test did not scramble my new 32 MB card.

    But it looks like I cannot use SMprep or older readers that support it
    on this WinXP machine.

    So I guess I enjoy my new cards, be careful about switching between
    them and move on.

    Unless anyone has any great ideas about how to install the SanDisk
    Imagemate SDDR-09 under WinXP Pro and make it work!

    Otherwise, perhaps my saga has helped someone else avoid the same

    Now, to go take pictures of the SanDisk reader for eBay! <G>

    Cynthia P, Mar 1, 2004
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