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    Posted: 19 February 2023 at 10:53
Hello there
Looking for some help please
I bought an a77ii as an impulse buy and left it for ages as change in circumstances prevented me from even testing it on arrival.
Now after a few months I unpacked it and sadly it seems that there’s a damage in card slot and it goes only about 75% of the way down.
I had a look inside and there is no foreign object but the cage inside doesn’t look as my a68.
Now I want to take it to our camera repair shop . There are very good but my experience with them is that they are likely to take the job if I bring the spare part.
I live in the Uk
Responses are appreciated
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Repair of the card slot may be prohibitively costly. It's usually done by replacing the entire main board, unless the fault is negligible and you probably would be able repair it yourself.

My advice is to check thoroughly and try to establish exactly what is wrong.

The usual trick if the slot doesn't accept SD-cards is to try a MS card (also, there are adapters for micro SD to MS.) The slot on A77ii and most newer A-mount cameras is "dual type" (accepts both SD and MS, but only one at a time).

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Thanks Amrep,

I will try the memory stick card, just bought an adapter after reading your post.
I will keep trying and if I ever manage to get a card in, it will never come out ll
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Sometimes when I've bought a new camera I've found the card goes in opposite what I'm used to . IE the contacts are facing you rather than away from you , or visa versa .
So just a long shot ( and I'm sure you've checked ) but are you putting the card in the right way around ?

Secondly , if it's just part of the frame that's got physically bent somehow, when you strip the camera down to get to it , it might just bend back , rather need replacing .
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Originally posted by Badr Badr wrote:

I had a look inside and there is no foreign object but the cage inside doesn’t look as my a68.

I thought this was strange, because the A68 is basically an economy version of the A77ii and should have the same card slot, so I wanted to compare. Now I did, and to me they look 100% identical.

If you can see something that differs from the slot of your working A68, then you actually see what causes the problem. As I suggested previously, it may be wise to look thoroughly.
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Hi Neil
Very likely that that contacts are working if the card gets in, so disassembly might work like you said. I may give it a go as a last option, thinking that it may be too complicated for me. (Although with some help from YouTube I recently managed to successfully convert a Nikon d70 to IR, a77ii seems too complicated and no resources).

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Hi Badr - a slightly 'off the wall' comment here but I had an almost identical issue arise with my a99 a little while ago; I started to experience what seemed like a jamming of the card in the slot?

I tried the same card in an a77ii and it was fine but not in the a99. I then tried a new card in the a99 and it worked fine! It seems the old card had 'swelled' over time (heat perhaps?) and just fouled the card slot about 60 - 70% of the way into the slot.

Might be worth trying another (or new) card if you have one, just in case?

Good luck and best regards, Neil.
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Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

It seems the old card had 'swelled' over time (heat perhaps?) and just fouled the card slot about 60 - 70% of the way into the slot.

Might be worth trying another (or new) card if you have one, just in case?


I've had that happen with Memory Cards and batteries.
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I had a problem with one of the slots on my A99ii - a card would go in but it would not lock in. I'm 95% sure the problem was caused by a foreign body in the mechanism viz one of the little plastic sliders that sets the SD card to read/write or read only. After using the other slot alone for a few months I tried again and it worked - hopefully the foreign body fell out, but I fear it's still in there somewhere. Nowadays I glue the little blighters in the read/write position.

The point is that there might be something like this blocking your slot.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Badr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 February 2023 at 18:37
Thanks all
It seems that the damage is more than I thought.
Today, I decided to try again, I cut a piece of a roll of film and managed to pass it all the way. Then I made the card slide on the film to avoid the parts from the side coming out. With a bit of force it went in all the way. Not only that, it behaved like a normal card with the click. Very happily ran to find the battery and was treated by «No card». I then tried 4 different cards with no avail.

I might try and sell it as spare or repair and wait for a functioning one for a good price.
I have a few older a mount bodies but this feels way different experience, even compared to the a68 with the same af system it feels more joyful to use.
I also have a7ii for manual glass but never felt connected to it.
Thanks again for replying
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It seems that it has some damage on the pins. It might be possible to find parts and replace the slot.
Let me know if your willing to sell. I might try to fix it.
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if you indeed want to sell i am also intrested as i am currently only using the a68 and have some history with repair.
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oh, and if you don't yet want to do away with this a77ii you can always use it as an webcam for the moment.
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Originally posted by vitor vitor wrote:

It seems that it has some damage on the pins. It might be possible to find parts and replace the slot.
Let me know if your willing to sell. I might try to fix it.

I have a 5D with damage to a pin and it was not repairable.
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