05-20-2017 08:07 AM
Yeah, you said that before.... Everyone, of course, is going to make their own decision. In the absence of any evidence or reports of dire mishaps occurring from using the quick fix, I see no reason not to use it.
The modifications are entirely on the card. What are the odds of the tape or the very small amount of glue coming off inside the camera? I don't know, but it's worth a try. Simply checking the card every few months (or whenever) is easy to do. I think either material could be easily removed if they became dislodged.
Personally, if I had a camera out of warranty (I do), and did not want to spend the money for a new one or even for a repair (I don't), then altering the sliding tab on the memory card is a viable option. If the alternative is buying a new camera, what do I have to lose by trying this? That small spring switch inside the camera simply needs to be pushed in a mere fraction of a millimeter further to work... so simple, so easy to fix.
Anyway, I have these cameras because they are the last ELF series model that have a viewfinder. There are none available new, only used, and they are so inexpensive that repairing one is not worth it. I paid $13 for this recent purchase, including S&H. The quick fix is the practical one.
I'll post my result after applying glue to the card's tab. I may or may not use Superglue; something more along the line of an epoxy might be more durable and adhesive (a truly bonding material). (Nah, I'll probalby use the Superglue.) I only received the camera yesterday afternoon, just a few hours before searching for a solution, fixing and posting here.
08-15-2017 09:31 AM
Please look at the photos I posted. The "TAB" is the little sliding gizmo ON the side of the memory CARD. This is the mechanical way of locking or unlocking the card to allow data to be manipulated on it. You want it unlocked inside your camera. But that tab also contacts/slightly pushes a small switch sideways inside the camera that lets the camera know the card is unlocked; sometimes the tab is slightly too "short" sideways to push that switch (laterally) properly. Placing a piece of tape over that area--you must look at the photos!!!--is a quick fix that will allow the camera to recognize that the card is unlocked, and can also serve as a quick diagnostic to confirm that the locking problem with your camera is due to the card/switch problem and not to some other (internal) camera defect. Anyway, you have to read the entire thread and study the photos.
09-15-2017 07:53 PM
There's a sliding tab on the SD memory card that either locks the card (prevents writing to it) or "unlocks" it, allowing writing:
If you have the tab of the card in the unlocked position and you get a message on your camera that the card is locked, well then, that's what this thread has been about. Have you read it thoroughly? Here's another YouTube video that pretty much demonstrates the "fix" that we've been discussing here: