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12-08-2013, 05:17 AM   #1
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Recommended, safe procedure for cleaning memory card contacts in body?

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My K-5 is nearing the end of its natural life. I see a K-3 in my not-too-distant future, but until then... since the summer I've been experiencing a lot of "memory card error" messages on the display after I insert a card. This happens with different cards, and goes away if I re-insert the card a couple of times. Once it's in, there are no further problems. I use a card reader rather than a camera-to-computer USB cable, so typically the card leaves and re-enters the camera at least once a day. I'm assuming this simply means the contacts in the camera body have got dirty over time. Is there a recommended, safe procedure I can use to clean them, or is this something that should be done professionally? Thanks in advance for any insights!

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Maybe there's something like a cleaning casette from the olden days?
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Amazon.com: Laserline Clear Connections 4-in-1 Memory Card Slot Cleaner: Computers & Accessories
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Awesome, thanks!

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Another option is to cut a white business card to the shape of the end of a SD card, but long enough to provide a finger grip out side the camera body - saturate, but not dripping, the end with electronics contact cleaner and slide the card slowly in and out of the card slot a few times. You want to remove any built-up oxides, but not bend the contact fingers.
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You might try a Q-tip moistened with 99% Isopropanol to clean the contacts off
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QuoteOriginally posted by CP140 Quote
You might try a Q-tip moistened with 99% Isopropanol to clean the contacts off
Your over the counter Q-tip is too big, and may leave lint in the card slot if the cotton fibers catch on the contact points. Also, while isopropyl alcohol is great for cleaning most organic stuff (grease, adhesives) it doesn't do a whole lot for oxidation.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JimJohnson Quote
Your over the counter Q-tip is too big, and may leave lint in the card slot if the cotton fibers catch on the contact points. Also, while isopropyl alcohol is great for cleaning most organic stuff (grease, adhesives) it doesn't do a whole lot for oxidation.
Dang... thought I'd edited that post...

It should have read, "...clean the contacts of the cards..."

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Never knew something like this existed - ordering one to have on hand.
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Just ordered two.
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Never knew something like this existed - ordering one to have on hand.
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