SD card slot failure?

sgt08

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So I think the SD card slot in my GX85 just died - camera was working fine, I took the SD card out to connect to computer, and a few minutes later when I put the card back in the camera the screen read "Insert SD card again" on a grey background. I tried reinserting the same card a few times, and then tried with 2 other SD cards, always getting the same message. The cards read fine in my computer and in my Olympus camera, so I've ruled out trouble there. And when I start up the camera without a card in the slot it seems to work fine (other than not being able to save photos...).

I've blown air into the slot with the little puffer I use to clear dust off lenses, tried leaving the battery out for about an hour, different battery, etc. I haven't done a full reset on the camera yet because it seems like a hardware issue and I'd rather not lose all my custom settings but I suppose that is the last step before starting the warranty process.

Searching doesn't seem to come up with any solutions but I figure it doesn't hurt to ask - has anyone encountered this before and fixed it on their own?
 

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Never ran into this, but have you tried removing the battery for a bit to let the camera start from scratch? The other option may be a complete reset, but without a slot you'd have to write down all of your settings.

Hopefully someone has dealt with this in the past, good luck to you.
 

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Do a full format of the card in your computer, then if you can get it to register in your Pany, format it again from within the camera. I get the same issue with the micro SD cards with adapters in my two GX8 bodies. So long as I don't mix them up and keep using the same card in the same camera they're fine.
 

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After leaving the battery out for several hours, trying a few different SD cards that are known to be good, and finally doing a full reset on the camera itself, the problem is still here. I'll start a warranty repair when I'm back in the States next month for the holidays, will try to remember to bump this thread if Panasonic tells me what was wrong with the camera.
 

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After leaving the battery out for several hours, trying a few different SD cards that are known to be good, and finally doing a full reset on the camera itself, the problem is still here. I'll start a warranty repair when I'm back in the States next month for the holidays, will try to remember to bump this thread if Panasonic tells me what was wrong with the camera.
Please do keep us posted. Hopefully this won't be too painful.
 

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My SD card slot failed a few months ago on the G85.
Panasonic Australia would not recognise a warranty claim either said it was user error.

Since I had the shop warranty they paid for the repair.

One reason I dont want to invest to much in Panasonic, repairs no good in Australia.
 

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I've never heard of this for SD cards, but it's quite common for CF cards where the pins are easily bent.
Like all such electrical contacts a bit of dirt is the most likely issue, possibly removed with a specialist contact cleaner spray or a glass fibred brush.
 

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Like all such electrical contacts a bit of dirt is the most likely issue, possibly removed with a specialist contact cleaner spray or a glass fibred brush.
If you look at the contacts on the SD card, that was used in the camera, using a loupe, there are marks on the card contacts that indicate that the contacts in the camera are shaped to cut through any surface debris on the card contacts. There is probably a problem with the card reader parts in the camera. Very often, the card reader parts are on the main circuit board in the camera, rather than a small daughter card, so the main board has to be replaced. This makes it an expensive warranty repair, so they blame the user for the failure.
 
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