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My beloved camera is having issues. It is having problems with the compact flash card, which is my preffered method of picture storage. I keep getting an error saying the card is not initialized. I bought a new card, and have tried formatting both the new and the old card with the camera and on my computer (a mac) and on our server (a PC). Nuthin' changing. My camera is a Fuji Finepix S7000. I have had it since the summer of 2004, when I got it so I could take pics for my portfolio after graduating from art school, and it has been awesome. Until now. I am thinking I might try picking up another kind of card for it, since it will accept a couple types, and perhaps there is an issue with that slot? I am hoping it isn't a software problem, but if it is, can I get it fixed? I really don't want to buy another camera...

Edited to Add Happy Ending:

I got an xD card and it works just fine. So apparently the CF slot is just messed up. Yay for my still having a working camera! And for only spending $20 for an xD card to find that out. ;-)

Date: 2009-03-04 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Did you upgrade the size of the memory? That is an old enough camera that I wonder if it isn't able to accept memory cards above a certain size? (We had that issue recently - hubby picked up a 2 Gig card for a digital camera he was taking on travel, but had to trade me for my 1 Gig card because his was not able to read the card. My newer camera was able to read the 2 Gig with no problems).

If that isn't the issue - then I'm sorry I don't have any good info for you. Good luck!!

Date: 2009-03-04 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Do those CF cards work in other cameras? I am assuming there is nothing wrong with the cards, otherwise the computers would have complained. I think you have a good idea trying other types of cards. If it is the CF slot then the other ones should work fine, but if it is deeper then that i hate to say you might be toast...

Date: 2009-03-04 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're using the CF rather than the xD slot? we have an XD card you can borrow to check if it's the slot. (ps the CF stores slower than the xd, you should be using that anyway) Other than that, considering the age of the camera it's prolly cheaper to buy a new one than try to fix the old one. Love my FinePix, though. LOVE.

Date: 2009-03-04 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Getting it fixed will cost more than replacement, almost certainly, if it's broken - assuming anyone can even fix it.

On the plus side, a superior replacement camera should cost less than that one did originally.

Amazon lists a new S1000fd for $176.

(I did the same thing, more or less, with my ancient PowerShot A520 earlier this year, replacing it with an A590IS which is superior in almost all ways*, and cost 2/3 or 1/2 the price the older one did.

* Especially in the "reliably functioning" way, thus the need for replacement.)

Date: 2009-03-05 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Does the camera do SD? I've got stacks of those lying around, and I'll definitely have one in my camera this weekend.


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