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05-26-2010, 06:23 PM   #1
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Error with Pentax k-x

ever since I have gotten this camera I have gotten the message about 15-20% of the time. "This Image cannot be displayed" I am using a Centon SDHC class 10 4gb card and I have about 6 of them and the error has happened on all of these as well as a class 4 samsung SD card. not sure if its the cards or the camera or what. i have reformatted the cards through the camera and have deleted all the media a few times and the problem persists. Anyone have any ideas on this matter? is there a firmware update or anything to fix this?

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Hate to state the obvious, but were the images you were trying to view taken with the same camera that they were being viewed on?

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Yea I would take a picture go to look at it and it would give me the message or sometimes I would take a few pictures and all of them would have the message.
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Might be a problem with the actual card, then. That message is only shown when there are errors in the file!


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But its been like 6 or 7 cards. You really think so?
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I can't find any mention of Centon's card speeds. They don't mention it on the website, likely for a good reason. My guess is these are cheap cards with bad transfer speeds and can't keep up with the frame rate of the K-X.

Try shooting 1 shot every second. Probably no errors.

Try shooting in continuous mode holding down the shutter release. Probably a few errors after a few seconds.

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Try a quality card and if the symptom persists your camera has hardware problem. I don't think it is related to firmware because your situation is the first I have heard of.
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I've received this error when I deleted specific images from the card via the computer and then reinserted the card into the camera. No big deal. I just delete the error images through the camera.

Edit: Actually, I think it happened when I cut and pasted certain images from the card to another file on my computer. Maybe the "Cut" leaves a residual file or something like that.

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Hmm my girlfriend uses the same cards and has never gotten this problem but she uses a canon rebel t1i. Do you think its still the cards? If so Ill buy a bunch of new ones now but I dont see how hers work perfectly and mine crapped out

Oh also it has class 10 on the card itself not sure if that matters
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I must admit I have seen something similar. I have a AData class 10 card. Most of the time it works well and I notice a reasonable performance improvement over my other card (class 6) for continous shooting.
However occasionally I see the "Can not be displayed" error and when I download the image to the PC (Using USB not a card reader), the image is indeed corrupt.
I'm not sure of this, but I think this has mostly happened when I have turned off the camera too quickly after shooting a bunch of shots. I have recently been careful to not turn off straight away and so far have not seen any corrupt images.

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Well, I'm just tried to reproduce the error with cutting and pasting the images from my card reader on my pc to a file on the pc but it didn't work this time. However, I do know that in my case it was directly related to this as it was only a few specific images that I remember cutting and pasting. Then, when I was reviewing images on my camera, I kept getting that error message. I realized it was exactly those images I had cut and pasted. Perhaps it was from removing the memory card from the reader without "safely removing hardware".
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Upgrade you firmware.
Take most recent one from Official Pentax JAPAN site (as they have most recent updates and are doing some silent updates)

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I just checked and I am already up to date in firmware. Maybe ill just give Pentax a call and see what they have to say
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happend to me many times when u edit image in comp, sometimes there's enough if u just adjust something in picasa or so, and camera is not able to read that anymore...however, card in comp allways works so it's more like k-x can't read what it didn't made than card issue
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Format the card in the camera and see if you still have the problem. If you do, it doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't a card problem, but it eliminates other possibilities.
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