Having problems with your Canon Digital Cameras ?

When I switch on my camera I get 'Err CF' on the display. According to the handbook I have to format the compact flash card - when it is formatted the menu will reappear - the menu does Not reappear bu 'Err 99' does. I have been on the internet and tried remedies suggested but nothing seems to work I am just being sent round and round in circles. My camera is a Canon EOS 20D, lens is a Canon Ultrasonic 75-300mm and my card is Sandisk Ultra ll 4GB

Answers :

Things you can try:
  • clean the gold contacts of the memory card;
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  • format the memory card through a computer using a memory card reader;
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  • replace the memory card.
hope this helps.
\015\012To clear the "Err CF" error, try performing the following procedure. \015\0121. Try using another CF card. 
If you have another CF card, try loading it in the camera. 
If the error code is not displayed when the other CF card is loaded, there may be something wrong with the first one rather than with the camera. 
2. Use your computer's ScanDisk utility to check the CF card for errors. 
Use ScanDisk to check the CF card for card error or card failure. 
Refer to the instruction manual for your operating system or Windows Help for further instructions. 
(If you are using a Macintosh, use the "Disk First Aid" program to check for card error or card failure. Refer to the instruction manual for your Macintosh OS for further information.) 

Be sure to back up the data on the CF card on the computer before you check the CF card. 

If a card error or card failure occurs when you use your computer's ScanDisk, there is something wrong with the CF card. 
Follow ScanDisk's on-screen instructions to solve the problem. 

If the same error occurs when you are using the CF card supplied with the camera, please contact the retailer where you purchased the camera or the nearest Canon service center. 
If the error code is displayed right after you took a picture, the image may not have been recorded. Switch the camera to playback mode to check if it was recorded. 

Precautions for handling a CF card: 
- Do not remove a CF card or disconnect the camera's power source while the camera is recording, loading, or erasing data on a CF card.
- CF cards are high-precision electronic devices. Do not bend, force, or subject them to shocks or vibration. 
- Do not attempt to disassemble or alter a CF card.
- Place the CF card in the supplied case for storage.
- Moving a CF card rapidly between temperature extremes may cause condensation in the card, leading to potential malfunctions. To avoid condensation, place the CF card in a sealed plastic bag before moving it into a different temperature area and allow it to adjust slowly to the new temperature. If condensation forms on the CF card, put it aside until the water droplets have evaporated completely.
- Do not use or store CF cards in the locations subject to dust or sand, high humidity, or high temperatures. 

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