Having problems with your Nikon Coolpix 990 Digital Camera ?

Coolpix 995 CF Card error

\015 I have a similar problem. I tried 3 different memory cards. One works slightly better than the other one but basically I get first "this card cannot be used" and then sometimes it will still shoot a pix if I manually push the card in snugly and then after a few shots it will show either another card error or even a system error. Then the camera does not want to turn off for a few extra seconds even after I turn it off it will still say card or system error. I find this a progressive problem, it started over a year ago and increased ever since so I can almost not shoot any more pictures independent of the card I use. I think it maybe camera related but I hope its not going to be extremely expensive. I would like to keep it as its a nice camera. Any suggestions so I do not get ripped off at the camera repair dealer? One place said $150 - $200 !!!I have formatted the card and am thinking its not the card. Its also not the battery as I used the power cable as an alternative power source and still the same error message. I tried to look inside the place where you put the card in the camera but I could not see any visible damage.I would say my camera has only normal wear and tear no mistreatment.\015

Answers :

My Nikon 995 began having trouble communicating with the CF card. At first it was intermittent then later there was nothing. After a couple of years of non-use, I decided to open it up to see if there was anything obvious. If I destroyed the camera in the process, no big loss. All the card slot pins were there and non were bent or coroded. Removing the drive, I could see under a microscope about half the pins on one side solder connections had broken. I assume from the repeated insertion and extraction of the card. (I use a card r/w drive in my pc instead of an interface cable to the camera). After I reflowed the pin solder connections and re-assembled the camera, all is good again.
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\015\012You should know the disassembly/assembly of the camera is complex, and tedious. The connector pins are very small. I repaired the pin solder connections using a small high quality soldering iron while looking through a microscope. Witthout the scope, I couldn't even tell the connections were bad much less be able to repair them.
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