Olympus C-3000 Card Error

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by thiswebs4u, May 19, 2004.

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    thiswebs4u Guest

    I have an Olympus C-3000 camera with a SanDisk 128M card. I used this
    in my computer and the camera will no longer format or use the card. I
    know that there are two solutions from reading the net. Does anyone
    know where I can get the disk image so that I can write it back to my
    card for a SanDisk 128M card for a Olympus C-3000 SmartMedia card?
    thiswebs4u, May 19, 2004
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    eNo Guest

    I had similar problems with my C-2020z:

    1) Wipe the gold contact of the card with a cloth.
    2) Make sure your camera has fresh batteries. (It may help to take the
    batteries out, leave them out for a few hours, then re-insert them, but
    this never really worked for me.)
    3) Re-insert the card and re-attempt the format in-camera.
    4) If you still can't re-format, re-format the card in your PC, then
    retry step #3.
    5) If all this fails and your camera can format another 128MB card, then
    chances are your SM card is bad.

    Most of my problems were due to either dirty cards (and not very dirty
    at that) or run-down batteries, but I did have two cards go bad on me,
    and the camera had to go in for under-warranty repairs twice. No
    problems for a while, but that's probably more due to infrequent use,
    which with my new incoming DSC-F717 (along with my wife's DSC-V1) will
    become more and more the case.
    eNo, May 19, 2004
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    JB Guest

    Tried cleaning with alcohol, charging new batteries leaving power off.
    No Luck. Olympus was no help and HP wasn't either. Why do these card
    readers have to write to the SmartMedia?, Thanks HP.
    JB, May 20, 2004
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    Bill Funk Guest

    If the data on the card is only being read, they don't write to the
    Deleting a file does, though, write to the card.
    Bill Funk, May 20, 2004
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    Pat Guest

    Don't ever 'Move' your pix from the card, 'Delete' images or 'Format' the
    card with your computer!
    'Copy' the images from the card and 'Paste' them to the computer.
    'Delete', 'Erase' or 'Format' with the camera.

    Of course, your card may have simply failed. The card manufacturers should
    be willing to test it and replace if within guarantee. By-By to your pix,
    though. This is why I use several smaller cards instead of one large one.
    Limits the loss; I'm paranoid about my pix!!

    Pat, May 24, 2004
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    JB Guest

    Talked with HP the makers of the computer that messed up the card,
    they said no format utility, use windows, yea like you can count on
    Microsoft for backwards compatability. Talked with olympus and they
    said no format utility.
    Hey maybe I will buy a new camera for the solution - NOT!.
    I talked with SanDisk and they agreed to exchange the card. Wanting to
    try the smprep format utility solution I bought a Dazzle DM-8200 on
    clearance at Office Depot for $9.00. I formatted the card and it is
    fine. I would count on these readers having this utility for long.
    Pretty crazy the olympus camera wouldn't format it. Is the card
    bad?, you decide. Hey I never lost a pix!.

    JB, May 25, 2004
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    JB Guest

    I did the panoramic modification to the card I now have a 128M card
    that I can that panoramas with. This smprep is great. Cheaper than
    buying more cards!!!

    JB, May 25, 2004
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