Olympus C-3030 won't stop writing to card?

Discussion in 'Olympus' started by Cynthia P, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. Cynthia P

    Cynthia P Guest

    Hi, I was out this morning doing a lot of shots for eBay, though
    nothing out of the norm. It is in the 40s out and windy.

    Camera had fresh charged set of batteries.

    After shooting 3 - 128 MB cards worth of images (around 150 images), I
    went out to shoot a few more items I'd forgotten about. I took a
    couple pictures, then the next snap, the camera started writing to the
    card non-stop... i.e. the little red light blinking, blinking,
    blinking for far longer than it should. I finally gave up and turned
    the camera off... and it still wrote on for a few seconds before
    beeping and then giving me a card error message and asked me to
    format.

    I formatted... losing the card worth of pictures, grrr... but I can
    shoot them again. However, as soon as I tried shooting again, it did
    the same thing.

    Could it be the cold? Could my batteries have been low?

    I do use the LCD screen a lot, as I am doing macro/close-up work, so I
    need to be able to frame accurately.

    What sort of things would cause this, because I've not experienced it
    before! Is my camera about to die? I sure hope not!

    It's particularly annoying, because we haven't had many sunny days
    lately... so I need to make full use of what I've got.

    Cynthia
     
    Cynthia P, Nov 2, 2004
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    Ken Weitzel Guest


    Hi Cynthia...

    Really nice to hear that you have 3 cards working :)

    Sad to hear of the latest problem. For what it's worth,
    the same has happened to us - once each over many years.

    What we've done in each case is take the batteries out of
    the camera for a few minutes. Then remove the card and
    download the pics already on it. Finally put the batts
    and card back, format it, and carry on.

    Each time we got everything, except the last picture. :)

    Take care.

    Ken
     
    Ken Weitzel, Nov 2, 2004
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    Toomas Guest

    I think that You do it too early. Most of card cold be recoverable,
    specially if You have card reader.
    I don't belive to this I have used C-3030 colder conditions
    and run out batteries power and don't have this behavior
    ( including that it seemed to that it take longer time to write to card)
    http://staff.ttu.ee/~toomas/tallinn/pildid06042003/thumbnails.html

    Probalilities
    1) card fault
    2) camera

    To check use another card. If porblems still exists it is camera.
    I know. In my NE Eruropean location sunny days in October (and
    November and December) are rare. I can't take some fall pics what
    I would like to take.
     
    Toomas, Nov 2, 2004
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  4. Cynthia P

    Cynthia P Guest

    I don't... they read in my new SanDisk reader, but still don't work in
    camera. I assume they *might* be recoverable. I contacted the Zio
    folks (they who make the readers that keep eating cards...) who said
    they would attach a utility to help me recover the cards, but they
    forgot to attach it. Need to email them again and hope. I won't be
    buying more of their products though. They claimed the first one was a
    firmware problem, but didn't answer me as to why the brand new one
    also ate cards.

    You may see them yet.

    This is a new Lexar card, bought from Wal-Mart.

    I was actually able to get a refund on the card I'd ordered from
    Wal-Mart.com that got eaten. I didn't like it anyway, had some kind of
    thick label on it that was making it stick in my camera. So I took the
    money from that and just bought a new one so I could be back in
    business.

    Ah. I guess I shouldn't have been so quick to format. But I was scared
    to try and download and then maybe get card error or something. These
    days, I'm nearly as worried about the card as the camera.

    And the stuff would still be around to shoot. So it's not like I lost
    anything priceless.

    I put the previous set of batteries back in the camera... as they
    weren't all that old or used and was able to take a few more pictures
    with no problem. So I'm assuming that may have been the difficulty.
    Usually I can go that long or longer with a freshly charged set, but
    it's possible the cold was making things worse.

    I've lost the light for today, but will be doing some indoor shots of
    other stuff tonight, and will see how it goes.

    Truth is, sun is so low in the sky these days even at 11AM-1PM, the
    shots I did get weren't as good as usual. I may just have to resign
    myself to doing all indoors. I just don't have as good a set up for
    that yet.

    Cynthia
     
    Cynthia P, Nov 2, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest


    I think so too, after reading Ken's response. Oh well!

    I put my old set of batteries back in, as they weren't fully low and
    got some of the pix again though. No problem that time.

    I'll be doing more indoors later, so will see if the problem
    re-occurs. If it does, I'll try to save the pix first.

    I've used mine under colder conditions up here in ND... but not for as
    long, just for a few snaps outside.

    Only have the one card... good Lexar, only a few weeks old. Shouldn't
    be bad yet... I hope!

    Camera is older, obviously, but hasn't done this before. I hope it's
    not going west. I want to get hubby a digi-cam for Christmas, thinking
    Canon PowerShot A95... good enough to back me up if mine goes west,
    but I still need my own camera, so it would be very bad news if I had
    to replace mine too!

    I figure I better get all my sunlight eBay pix now... because later,
    my fingers will be too cold to use the camera! I found that out last
    February when I went out for a bit to take pictures of the latest
    snow. Camera functioned fine... fingers not so fine! Even with gloves.


    Cynthia
     
    Cynthia P, Nov 2, 2004
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  6. I've experienced somewhat similar problems with my 3000. After cleaning
    the card surface for the umpteenth time, I finaly folded a small piece
    of 800 grit sandpaper over the card and inserted it into the camera -
    lightly scraping any gunk/corosion/??? off the camera's internal contact
    pins. Two swipes and all my sporadic flash card troubles went away!
    Give it a try if other attempts fail.

    - Greg
     
    Greg Campbell, Nov 3, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest


    I'm still thinking batteries... put new ones in camera and so far, so
    good. I'd be a little worried to try the sandpaper... as recently,
    bought an Edge brand card from Wal-Mart.com and it had a label that
    tended to make it stick in my camera because of the extra thickness. I
    seriously had trouble removing the card from the camera and took the
    card back to my local store.

    Oddly though, the first time I inserted the card in my reader after
    this debaucle... the reader (SanDisk 8 in 1) only showed ONE drive
    letter... and not the letter for the SmartMedia drive!

    That was alarming... but turning off the computer and rebooting
    brought all my drive letters back as normal. So keeping my fingers
    crossed these days!

    I'll be happier once my hubby has a digi-cam too. Backup would be
    good.

    Cynthia
     
    Cynthia P, Nov 3, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest

    I learned that trick ages ago, sometimes when one first inserts the
    card, it won't read and that always seems to cure it. Though I don't
    have to do it very often. But in this case, I felt that removing the
    card WHILE the camera was still attempting writing to it would be a
    bad, bad move.


    I'd be afraid to anyway, for fear I'd stick the card and sandpaper in
    the camera and NOT be able to remove it. Besides, around here there is
    no where to purchase 800 grit.

    Cynthia
     
    Cynthia P, Nov 3, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    Probably not the problem in this case.
    Dust/dirt in the slot will usually affect the card's operation right
    away, not after some use.

    In my experience (I have a 3030) the problem is with the batteries. As
    these cameras age, they get picky over the batteries (I *think* it has
    to do with aging of components in the PS part of the PCB).
    I've found that the batteries must be in top condition, or I get the
    same symptoms.
    Since that camera is now a second camera, and is use primarily by my
    wife when she travels, and she's *not* a techy person, it's better to
    supply her with CRV3 batteries; there's no recharging to bother with,
    and they last a really long time.
    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
     
    Big Bill, Nov 3, 2004
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    Cynthia P Guest


    That's what I'm thinking may have caused it.

    It seems to be working OK today with a freshly charged set, though it
    is not as cold out as yesterday, no wind.

    For me... I'd probably have to order them... I doubt they are locally
    available here in the boonies. I'll just have to try to be more
    careful about having a fresh set in the charger and replace them more
    often when doing extended shooting.

    I'm used to the camera taking a while to record, because I often shoot
    with the bracket feature. I have to admit, today I was experiencing
    some trepidation, but NO problems.

    At least now I know better what to do if it happens again.


    Cynthia
     
    Cynthia P, Nov 3, 2004
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    Big Bill Guest

    The battery problem can be *very* frustrating, because as you charge a
    set of 4, if only one is sub-par, it can cause the problems, and the
    set will still seem to be good.
    If you can, charge the 4 on a charger that will charge all
    individually, and check for one or more that charge more quickly t han
    the others - those quick charging cells are going bad.
    Orereding the CRV3 batteries online may not be a bad idea. :)

    Bill Funk
    Change "g" to "a"
     
    Big Bill, Nov 4, 2004
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