Back in March I purchased the Nikon D300 & 18-200mm lens outfit. This is my first SLR and I am just learning as I go. The main reason I purchased this camera was to shoot at horse shows, and of course the first show I go to I take one photo and then my camera blinks "CHR" and won't allow me to take any more photos. I have looked it up in the user's manual and it says that it is because of a faulty memory card. I do not know how it could be the memory card as I have not taken it out since I bought it and everytime after I load pictures onto the computer I re-format the card. What could this be? Do you believe I need to get a new card (and will have lost about 500 photos) or should I try something else?
#1. "RE: "CHR" message" | In response to Reply # 0markharr Registered since 27th Oct 2004Wed 28-May-08 05:29 AM
On my D70 I had CHR messages that went away if I repeatedly removed and put back the card, so I'm guessing they were caused by dirt or oxide on a contact. Some cards seem more prone than others. But sometimes the only thing that would fix it was reformatting in a Ca*on camera (no theories on that one).
Your pictures can almost certainly be saved by putting your card in a card reader on your computer. Most likely you will be able to read them directly, but in the worst case there is rescue software that can pull files off a corrupted card.
Cards are so cheap that it would be a good idea to have a backup with you even if this one starts working again.
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#4. "RE: "CHR" message" | In response to Reply # 2ktinkxx Registered since 14th Mar 2008Wed 28-May-08 08:33 AM
I re-format it usuing my camera's function, I did not know there was another way.
My card is a Promaster....I bought it from my local camera shop. The man helped me pick it out, seeing as how I'm not very smart about these things.
#5. "RE: "CHR" message" | In response to Reply # 4sl33py Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2008Wed 28-May-08 07:00 PM
You shouldn't lose your photos. Get an inexpensive USB card reader or multi format card reader from any local computer store. Plug it in and get your pics off of your current card.
Go to a best buy or target and you can get another CF card. If you are a bit more patient I'd go to newegg or similar and get 2+GB CF card.
I am a bit of a media "snob" and typically stick with SanDisk. They are a bit more expensive, but i've had great luck with them in the past. You can hunt for a deal if price is an issue and typically find one for about the same cost as a no-name. (i found both of my 4GB Extreme IV's for 50$ ea - ebay).
Others may have suggestions for well respected media (Lexar, Transcend?, etc.).
Try that out and i bet you'll be ok. It's good to have more than one card and if that one consistently has problems see if your local shop you got it at will refund/exchange. Having another good/new CF to test obviously will help you determine if it's specific to the original card.
hth! Good luck!
also - as a side note the Extreme cards come with some decent image recovery software for free. Not the best but it has saved some friends pics a couple times already! Considering buying some online when you need it last minute costs $20-$$(lots) it was a nice freebie.
#6. "RE: "CHR" message" | In response to Reply # 4sl33py Nikonian since 23rd Apr 2008Thu 29-May-08 02:21 AM
if you formatted the card - it's not too late! Someone just posted a free recovery software site. So - even though I haven't used it yet it's worth a shot if you want any of the pics!
here's the site:
#7. "RE: "CHR" message" | In response to Reply # 4cfore Registered since 12th Dec 2007Thu 29-May-08 03:32 AM | edited Thu 29-May-08 03:35 AM by cfore
>I re-format it usuing my camera's function, I did not know
>there was another way.
>My card is a Promaster....I bought it from my local camera
>shop. The man helped me pick it out, seeing as how I'm not
>very smart about these things.
Yeah, try a different card would be my suggestion. Someone posted a good deal on a Lexar 4 GB Professional 300x UDMA card. Adorama has it for $87 and you get a $55 rebate. I'd recommend only using Sandisk or Lexar. And, never buy memory cards off ebay unless you really trust the seller. It's flooded with counterfeit cards.
#8. "RE: "CHR" message" | In response to Reply # 7Iceman1089 Registered since 06th Jun 2008Sat 07-Jun-08 12:32 AM
I can totally relate to this
I used a D70 for a while and we used Sandisk ultra II 1GB Cards(i dont remember if it was ultra II or extreme III) but after taking some pictures it would display CHA and you would need to pop it out and put it back in to be able to take more pictures
I got in touch with sandisk and we mailed the card back to them and they gave a brand new card