Having problems with your Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Digital Camera ?

Sony Alpha 100 gives error message when attempting to take pic.

\015 Have a Sony Alpha DSLR a100 version 1.0 firmware. Bought new and never used until attempted recently. Installed SanDisk Ultra II Compact Flash Card. Formatted disk in camera. Upon taking the first photo I got a big red "E" in the menu area and was unable to take any photos. Tried a new memory card with the same results. Any ideas?\015

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Hi! I just had the same problem with my Sony A100, when I tried two different CF cards. I was getting the same error message as reported above: "Unable to use card" then "Format?" then that format fails. Thinking the camera\015\012is broken, I checked online camera repair sites and also called Sony\015\012directly. Sony's flat rate, and that of PrecisionCamera is $228 to fix\015\012CF card failure. Then my daughter said, "the CF card in my room works\015\012fine in the camera" - and lo and behold - it does. The CF card that\015\012works is brand PQI and is marked Hi-Speed 60 2Gb. The cards that do NOT\015\012work are marked SanDisk Ultra II 1.0Gb and SanDisk 128 Mb. So my advice\015\012is, before you give up on the camera as broken, try a number of\015\012different CF cards first.

The second cause of CF failure is if\015\012someone has pushed a CF card in the wrong way. That can bend one or\015\012more of the tiny metal contact pins in the CF socket in the camera.\015\012Look carefully to see that all the pins are straight up. [I don't know\015\012how one can straighten these pins, or if the whole socket would need to\015\012be replaced...but at least you can determine the cause of the CF\015\012failure.]

Best regards - Michael
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