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    Default E 420 Card Door Broken

    Just started having problems with the card door not closing properly.
    Was at an award function at my grandkids school when the error message ( Card Cover Open) kept popping up .
    Seems part of the latch on the bottom of the door has broken and does not connect correctly anymore.
    Is this a common problem on the E series or is mine just a fluke ?
    Are the doors available separately from Olympus ?
    Can't see any reason to send it back to them for a simple fix.

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    Cool Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Quote Originally Posted by Rat44 View Post
    Just started having problems with the card door not closing properly.
    Was at an award function at my grandkids school when the error message ( Card Cover Open) kept popping up .
    Seems part of the latch on the bottom of the door has broken and does not connect correctly anymore.
    Is this a common problem on the E series or is mine just a fluke ?
    Are the doors available separately from Olympus ?
    Can't see any reason to send it back to them for a simple fix.
    US camera has the parts: http://www.uscamera.com/e420.htm

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    You may be surprised by how many of these parts are available (OEM) on eBay.

    There are currently three of the 420 doors listed new at under $20. One of the sellers has over 114,000 feedbacks.

    I found the OEM rubber grip NEW for my E-1, with the double sided attaching tapes pre-cut, for $16 free ship. Took me a half hour to clean the old residue off (finger rubbing and rolling it off) and install the new grip.

    eBay.

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Thanks for the US Camera link.
    I found a few on EB*y also.
    I try not to deal with EB*y because of their lopsided business practices.
    Is this something I should stock up on ?
    Wasn't aware this part could fail with very limited use.

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Ordered one from U S Camera.
    Hopefully its easy to change.

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Meissner View Post
    US camera has the parts: http://www.uscamera.com/e420.htm
    Thanks for the heads up.
    The part arrived Saturday .
    All is well now.
    Just a hint,if you work around a carpet keep a big magnet handy.
    Should of known better but at least the tiny tiny screw was magnetic.

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    My E-330 door latches (on the camera body side) snapped off a couple of years ago. I have since then just used sticky tape to hold the door shut. Not very satisfactory, but it would probably cost too much to have repaired. Compared with the E-1/E-300. the construction is a little flimsy.
    As an off-topic suggestion re the card's numbering system, I edit the file names to D (Jan) to R (Dec) on the E-330, just as a convenient way of seeing which of the two E series was used. I do not use I,O or P to avoid any confusion with 1,0 or the non-raw file names.
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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Quote Originally Posted by Ignoramus View Post
    As an off-topic suggestion re the card's numbering system, I edit the file names to D (Jan) to R (Dec) on the E-330, just as a convenient way of seeing which of the two E series was used. I do not use I,O or P to avoid any confusion with 1,0 or the non-raw file names.
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    Starting with the E-500, many of the Olympus DSLRs have the ability to change the initial letter of the file name from P to something else. This is useful if you have multiple cameras. It looks like the E-4xx cameras don't support it, but the E-330 does support it (page 115). I suspect Olympus considers this to be an advanced feature, and so omits it on the bodies that are designated low end at the time of their introduction (E-4xx cameras, E-PL1), but the E-PL2 and E-PM1 have it.

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Quote Originally Posted by Ignoramus View Post
    My E-330 door latches (on the camera body side) snapped off a couple of years ago. I have since then just used sticky tape to hold the door shut. Not very satisfactory, but it would probably cost too much to have repaired. Compared with the E-1/E-300. the construction is a little flimsy.
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    I used the elastic band from a Lenskeeper wrapped around the body as a short term fix.
    Will that work on your body without interfering with the buttons ?

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Sorry to dig up this thread, but I've got the same problem with my E-420........how much hassle was it to repair the door? Was any disassembly of the camera needed? Did you find a "how-to" somewhere or what?
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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    When the door latch on my E-330 broke, I used a Band-aid. Worked so well that I never bothered to repair it, as I don't use the E-330 as much as my E-3. But it is a very easy temporary fix that works well.
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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    I've been using tape on it and I'd rather just fix it.
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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Thanks for bringing it up again. My daughter uses my E300 and I also noticed the door wouldn't stay latched anymore so we just used scotch tape. I will have to look into the links provided for the parts because I would like it fixed eventually as well.

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    It was fairly easy.
    I believe I just loosened a few screws on the body and that was it.
    No major disassembly required.

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Quote Originally Posted by Rat44 View Post
    It was fairly easy.
    I believe I just loosened a few screws on the body and that was it.
    No major disassembly required.
    That sounds ok. I was afraid I was going to end up with small parts and wires strewn all over the floor. Of course, I still might.
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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    I received a new door from uscamera.com this afternoon. Using the disassembly instructions here: http://forum.fourthirdsphoto.com/f52...0-a-38298.html I loosened the back and the replaced the door.......total time probably 5 minutes. DO have a white sheet of paper diagramming where the screws go.......and yeah, a magnet might be a real lifesafer.
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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Good to hear it worked out OK for you.
    Once you try it its a piece of cake.

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    Well,here we go again.
    These covers seem to break easily.
    Ordered 2 this time.
    Am I just having bad luck or is this an issue with this camera ?

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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    When I got my 410, I noticed how flimsy the door was, and would pop open at the slightest provocation. So just taped it shut, permanently, rather than wait for it to break. I use the USB cable for transferring images instead of a card reader. Which is slower, of course.
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    Default Re: E 420 Card Door Broken

    My doors came in today.
    Already replaced it.
    Glad its just 3 screws and 2 minutes worth of my time.
    Will use the USB cable as suggested,the door seems to be poorly designed.
    I don't need the annoyance of dealing with a broken door at the most inopportune moment again.

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