no "click" - memory stick not connecting into Cyber-shot DSC-P30

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by jeff, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. jeff

    jeff Guest

    My previous post was a bit unclear; I'll try and clarify the issue:

    I purchased a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P30 on Ebay for $40, described as
    "in new condition." I received it today and it is in fact in pristine
    shape with all documentation, cables, CD and memory stick. This
    afternoon I attempted to set it up and take some sample pics. The
    problem is that you can't properly insert the memory stick. There's
    no "click." I tried pushing it in place with the power on until the
    stick is recognized and then closing the cover, but the recognition is
    lost; the camera can't read the card - "NO MEMORY STICK." I
    played with it a few times and once I was able to push the card into
    the camera where it successfully recognized the card, and I was able
    to take a few pictures. But that only worked once.

    I'm not very concerned about the possibility of having gotten ripped
    off for $40. The seller has 100 percent positive feedback and I'm
    confident he'll agree to a refund, however, I'd like to keep the
    camera instead, if i can get it to work properly. I like the camera.
    It was intended as a gift for my young daughter. It's ruggedly
    constructed and easy enough to operate for an eight year old.

    Has anyone ever had a problem like this, and if so, is it an easy fix,
    generally speaking?

    jeff, Oct 22, 2006
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  2. Could you not wedge a small piece of foam rubber between the flap and the
    top of the memory? The flap would then hold the memory in place.
    Dennis Pogson, Oct 22, 2006
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  3. jeff

    jeff Guest

    I know, but if I go out and purchase another Memory Stick and the
    fault is within the camera I'll be compelled to purchase another Sony
    product. But the suggstion is very reasonable. I know there are
    different Memory Stick variations that work with upgraded and newer
    Sony models. Where can I find a cheap, standard, 4MB, memory stick
    just for the sake of making sure it's not the camera? Thanks, Jeff
    jeff, Oct 23, 2006
  4. jeff

    jeff Guest

    realistically, a 64MB memory card rather....
    jeff, Oct 23, 2006
  5. jeff

    Bill Funk Guest

    I see on the first page prices under $4 w/$4 shipping.
    How cheap do you want?
    No friends with Sony cameras? How about a local camera club, or local
    computer user group?
    Bill Funk, Oct 23, 2006
  6. jeff

    John Turco Guest

    Hello, Jeff:

    Buy a Memory Stick, locally, and save the receipt. If it doesn't work in
    your Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P30, simply return it, for a refund.

    As to the camera, itself, just get your money back, if it still refuses
    to behave. There are plenty of cheap, similar models, on eBay.

    Be sure to find one that >doesn't< take proprietary memory cards (e.g.,
    Memory Stick), next time; choose SD, instead, as it's the most common
    type, by far, nowadays.

    Good luck and happy hunting!

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Oct 24, 2006
  7. jeff

    jeff Guest

    That's exactly what I had intended on doing, however "Memory Stick
    Pro" is what's available in local stores, not "Memory Stick." It's
    not compatitble with this older camera. Anyway I ordered a "Memory
    Stick" for a few dollars on Ebay. Maybe it will work, maybe it won't.
    It is an excellent suggestion. The Ebay seller who sold me the camera
    already committed to a full refund.

    Thanks for all of your responses... it really helped. If the camera
    ends up working with a new Memory Stick, which is my hope, I'll let
    you know.

    jeff, Oct 24, 2006
  8. jeff

    jeff Guest

    The camera works fine; it WAS the memory stick. I received a
    replacement in the mail today and it works. Removed it, put it in
    again, and it worked. I appreciate the advice and suggestions from
    the group.

    jeff, Oct 25, 2006
  9. jeff

    John Turco Guest

    Hello, Jeff:

    You're welcomed, and congratulations. Now, tell your little girl to get
    out there and snap some pictures! <g>

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Oct 27, 2006
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