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Unable to read memory card. Reinsert memory card.

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Forum Name: A-mount APS-C
Forum Description: For discussion of all Minolta and Sony a-mount APS-C cameras
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Printed Date: 24 May 2024 at 20:43


Topic: Unable to read memory card. Reinsert memory card.
Posted By: Wcarpt
Subject: Unable to read memory card. Reinsert memory card.
Date Posted: 23 March 2023 at 22:26
Lately, I have not been able to use my SLT-A77V camera because of the error message: "Unable to read memory card. Reinsert memory card." Reinserting the card or using another card, spraying a safe electronic cleaner into the SD card slot did not resolve the issue.


Also, doing the following things according to a Sony Forum did not resolve the issue:

   Turn the camera off.

   Remove the battery.

   Turn the camera on. (Yes, with the battery removed.)

   Hold down the shutter button for 60 seconds.

   Turn the camera off.

   Insert the battery.

   Turn the camera on

I called Sony and was referred to a repair company but eventually was told basically they do not repair this camera because it's too old. The firmware version is 1.07.

Does anyone have any suggestions other than try taking the SD card assembly off the camera and see if there is some physical problem? I see that it is held on by some small screws.

Thanks



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Posted By: Hezu
Date Posted: 23 March 2023 at 22:53
I presume you have tested (with eg. card reader) that the problem isn't a faulty SD card?

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Posted By: Wcarpt
Date Posted: 23 March 2023 at 23:01
As I mentioned, using another card (Good) does not resolve the issue. So the issue is with the camera.


Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 24 March 2023 at 00:23
1. remove battery
2. loosely fill battery compartment with silica gel packs
3. remove SD card
4. spray electronic contact cleaner in card slot
5. insert SD card and eject SD card repeatedly, do a dozen reps ending with card out
6. wait 15 minutes
7. insert New SD card
8. remove silica gels
9. insert battery
10. turn on check status / repeat if necessary.


Posted By: amrep
Date Posted: 24 March 2023 at 12:09
Try a MS card (Memory Stick PRO Duo). Do you get a similar error message?


Posted By: Wcarpt
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 04:56
I did spray an electronics contact cleaner in the slot at least three times while inserting and removing a good SD card 12 times and I still get the same error message. (The silica gel packs are not useful as the battery compartment is sealed from the card slot area and they are designed to absorb water and may not absorb contact cleaner.)

I had previously used a contact cleaner but it did not help.


Posted By: Wcarpt
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 05:11
I do not have a MS card.


Posted By: Wcarpt
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 05:29
I also tried resetting the camera and that didn't help.


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 07:45
It could be several things including a broken cable or something similar.

You could find an independent repairer that is willing to look inside.
I noticed A-mount cameras are not that cheap in the states. KEH.com has a BGN rated A77m2 for $583,25 - that might be an option.

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Posted By: Wcarpt
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 17:56
This is strange. I don't know of any independent repair place. Everything else works on the camera as far as I know.


Posted By: RonnieJ.
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 18:02
I would try Precision Camera Repair. I was completely satisfied with them in the past.

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Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 18:34
Originally posted by Wcarpt Wcarpt wrote:

I did spray an electronics contact cleaner in the slot at least three times while inserting and removing a good SD card 12 times and I still get the same error message. (The silica gel packs are not useful as the battery compartment is sealed from the card slot area and they are designed to absorb water and may not absorb contact cleaner.)

I had previously used a contact cleaner but it did not help.


A few thoughts and notes:
My Nexxtech Contact and Head Cleaner (isopropanol, isobutane and propane) has served me well getting past the seals on my A99II multi-selector joystick and fly wheels on my various models and brands. Sprayed with an application tube in a quantity to be useful it is liquid, requires agitation (movement) of the contact being cleaned, and dries with evaporation.
The silica gel in the battery compartment serves to make sure the battery is removed and facilitates evaporation. This was the method used to "fix" my Memory Stick slot on my A700.



Posted By: Wcarpt
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 18:41
I called Precision Camera Repair and they would not repair my camera because of its age.


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 19:06
Originally posted by Wcarpt Wcarpt wrote:

I do not have a MS card.
It may be a long shot, but if it's just one of the SD card contacts that's broken getting an MS card might still be working, since these contacts are on the other side. I don't know if these cards are still for sale or if you can find one 2nd hand. I have one I can send you by mail but it might take some time from Belgium to reach you. Send me a PM if you want to explore that option.

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Posted By: amrep
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 20:18
MS adapters (like amazon B07F68FCHD / B01LZ67Q0Y or similar from ebay) are available.
(Hesitating buying a cheap MS adapter, but willing to shell out $$$ to Precision? - This doesn't add up to me.)


Posted By: LAbernethy
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 20:36
By the way, did the message just appear from one day to the next With the card in? After extended storage with card in or out? After a card change?


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 21:36
Originally posted by amrep amrep wrote:

MS adapters (like amazon B07F68FCHD / B01LZ67Q0Y or similar from ebay) are available.
(Hesitating buying a cheap MS adapter, but willing to shell out $$$ to Precision? - This doesn't add up to me.)
I think buying an (MS to SD?) adapter makes no sense, the A77 takes MS Pro Duo cards directly. The SD adapter would use the same contacts as an SD card and the OP already showed these don't work with an SD card so it's extremely unlikely they work with an adapter. When you stick in an MS card the A77 the contacts are on the other side. This is needed because the contacts on an MS Pro Duo are closer together vs. an SD card and an MS Pro Duo has 10 while a normal SD card has 9. I know it's a long shot but it's possible that the problem lies in the SD card slot contacts but that the MS slot contacts are still OK.

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Posted By: amrep
Date Posted: 25 March 2023 at 23:57
Please check the details (see the amazon id's) before you misunderstand ;-)
The adapters are micro SD to MS and use only the MS pins - of course!


Posted By: addy landzaat
Date Posted: 26 March 2023 at 07:43
Originally posted by Wcarpt Wcarpt wrote:

I called Precision Camera Repair and they would not repair my camera because of its age.
Probably https://www.keh.com/shop/repair - KEH will try to repair it.

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Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 26 March 2023 at 20:12
Originally posted by amrep amrep wrote:

Please check the details (see the amazon id's) before you misunderstand ;-)
The adapters are micro SD to MS and use only the MS pins - of course!

I saw that later but my question is still "why an adapter", I don't see much difference with the earlier suggestion to use a straight MS pro duo. My reaction was more to what you said here: "Hesitating buying a cheap MS adapter, but willing to shell out $$$ to Precision? - This doesn't add up to me."
The OP never said he hesitated or didn't want to buy an MS card or adapter, he only said he didn't have one and there is no certainty that an MS card (or micro SD + MS adapter) would solve his problem. It's worth a test but no more than that I think.

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Posted By: japp
Date Posted: 26 March 2023 at 21:13
Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:


I saw that later but my question is still "why an adapter", I don't see much difference with the earlier suggestion to use a straight MS pro duo.


well, i think amrep was already thinking ahead, suggesting that since the sd card reader is not working properly it might be worth to just buy an sd to ms adapter for not much money and just try this out. if this works the camera is working for not much money and your sd cards can still be used. especially since the prices of ms cards are outrages in conparison to sd cards.
and thus hopefully solving the problem for a relatively low price.


Posted By: pegelli
Date Posted: 26 March 2023 at 21:39
Originally posted by japp japp wrote:


well, i think amrep was already thinking ahead, suggesting that since the sd card reader is not working properly it might be worth to just buy an sd to ms adapter for not much money and just try this out. if this works the camera is working for not much money and your sd cards can still be used. especially since the prices of ms cards are outrages in conparison to sd cards.
and thus hopefully solving the problem for a relatively low price.
Well, the adapters he suggested take micro SD cards, not the standard SD cards that the A77 uses, so the cost for those need to be added as well. And since I offered to send a spare MS Pro Duo to him before amrep's post I can't see that trying a MS Pro Duo card is more expensive than buying an adapter + a micro SD.

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