X100 will not start with card

Discussion in 'Fuji X100 Forum' started by Iansky, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    My X100 has been working fine - I went to use it tonight, turned it on and nothing....tried this a number of times all with the same problem, swapped battery - same problem, swapped the card and all worked fine so continued shooting with alternate card - no issues!

    All my cards are Sandisk cards and the one in question was the 16GB Extreme HD Video with 30MB/s.

    When I got home I tried the card in my GX1 and it was fine - then tried another 16GB card in the X100 and it works fine.

    Tried original card back in X100 - still the same problem so no idea what is going on and would appreciate any ideas before I am tempted to contact Sandisk but as it works fine in GX1 suspect it must be X100 related????

    Any ideas?:confused:
     
  2. greyelm

    greyelm SC Top Veteran

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    Is the X100 able to format the problem card? If not it may be worth first formatting it in the GX1 and then trying formatting it in the X100 (if it recognises it). If it remains unreadable I'm sure Sandisk will replace it.
     
  3. Julien

    Julien SC Top Veteran

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    Did you put the card in an Apple computer or iPad ? If so, you probably should try formatting the card using your GX1 and put it back in the X100, as greyelm suggest.
     
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
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    Are you saying it won't even power up? You turn the switch to the On position and it remains a brick?
     
  5. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
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    I had issues with a Sandisk on the M9. It would brick the M9 from time to time. It was one of the Class 10 Extreme ones. I haven't experienced that on the X100 though.

    I'd try reformatting the card.
     
  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Absolutely agree with the above.
    Actually I stil have a G9. It's old and does some weird things sometimes.
    The one thing it does well is to format a card.
    It has a Low Level Format feature that I do monthly with all my cards.
    Then back into the GXR and format.

    I did have a similar issue with my X100 on a class 10 Sandisk card.
    I never figured it out and trashed the card.
    Good luck in your quest.
     
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  7. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

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  8. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Yes Luke,

    I turned it on and heard a noise but nothing - only with this card though. I did reformat the card in the GX1 and tried it in the X100 but had the same problem, however, I had a spare card that I had been using in the GX1 that is the same make/size/speed and it works fine in the X100 so can only assume it is an issue with that one card/X100 combo.

    I even cleaned the contacts on the card but to no avail but will reformat in the GX1 and try again in the X100.

    At no time has the card been in an iPad however I do use a Macbook Pro for my image editing and put the card in the laptop to download.

    I have used this card in the X100 since Dec with no issues and even used it in India without problems so unsure as to why it would suddenly develop this quirk?
     
  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend Subscribing Member

    Sep 21, 2010
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    you should be able to figure it out...
    Sometimes cards fail. Maybe this one is in the early stages of giving up the ghost and Fuji's tend to be more particular about this kind of thing than most cameras. Like the way they have trouble starting after an upload to an iPad and sometimes a Mac (depending on how you upload) because of a file that gets written to the card that the Fuji's don't know what to do with. No other camera does this. So maybe its tripping on a bad sector or something that your other cameras haven't noticed yet???

    My guess, and its only a guess, is that if you had an X10 or X-Pro 1, they'd probably be doing the same thing...

    -Ray
     
  10. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    Thank you all for the feedback / advice / tips, I will try reformatting again in the GX1 and try once more in the X100 to see if I can get to format it.
     
  11. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Yes Armando...... Sheeeesh, my cover is blown...

    Ian, regardless of your attempts to get the card to function, your a pro and will never fully trust it again anyway....
    Soooo....
     
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  12. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

    Oct 5, 2010
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    I agree. I'd never use it again for something important.
     
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  13. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    How right you two gents are - once bitten, twice shy!
     
  14. Iansky

    Iansky SC Top Veteran

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    I am now back at home and have taken the card, formatted it in the GX1 shot an image, checked & deleted & reformatted then put into X100 all seems fine!! reformatted in X100 and all seems fine.

    I will not be using it in the X100 but happy to continue using it in the GX1 and now using it as a spare - possible glitch I hope but I will be watching the card carefully and always have a spare with me.
     
  15. snkenai

    snkenai SC All-Pro

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    Out of 4 cards and 3 cameras, I have one card that the K20 won't recognize. It's an older 1gig. Formating did not help. I keep it as a backup.
     
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  16. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    The failure to start problem hit me last week.
    It began by failing to start after a night's rest but then it became more frequent.
    Having read this thread , my first thought was that it was caused by a new Sandisk Extreme Pro 95mbs/sec card.

    I then tried 2 batteries and 2 cards including reformatting and resetting the camera but no solution.
    Oddly , by removing the battery for a few seconds and then reinserting it would sometimes wake up.
    I've turned off the sleep modes and power saving options and for the moment it seems better but I'm annoyed at the shots I've lost at a family wedding while I was messing about with it.

    My feeling is that the defect is caused by the Fuji Brand battery not delivering sufficient current to start and not a memory card problem.
     
  17. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Changed my X100 this afternoon for copy number 3 ; if this one goes wrong it's goodbye Fuji.
    At the store the salesman noticed that although the camera wouldn't start , the sliding metal leaf in the viewfinder was rising slightly then jamming so having decided that the unit was defective he was happy to replace it.

    I did notice that the metal lugs of the new camera seem to be of a different material - presumably to counteract the wear that has been reported elsewhere.
     
  18. arnvin1933

    arnvin1933 New to SC

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    I had the same problem nothing wrong with the camera after I downloaded the pictures from the disc to my iMac I then put the card back into the x100 and it would not switch on. The only solution is to format the card after you have saved the pictures and the camera will be fine.
     
  19. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Common problem; also happens when transferring to iPad. In my case, the camera will switch on after a minute or so; but that's way too long. So I've adopted your strategy of formatting in the camera after each transfer.
     
  20. northernsouluk

    northernsouluk SC Regular

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    Have the same issue if I connect the card to iPad. The camera starts up like its on a go slow. format the card in pc or another camera it will work.
     
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