Ok, so maybe you want to write to me on this one and tell me why it may not be a good idea.
I got a call from the camera shop with a repair quote. They recommended I send it to United Camera for repairs. I asked if they personally recommended this place and they guy said yes, that he had just gotten his personal camera back from being repaired. The best news? It would only cost $150 to replace the SD drive, not $230 from Nikon. Cool! Only, I would have to come pick up my camera and handle the shipping, etc, myself because they are in the process of moving their shop. No problem.
I nearly bolted out the door to get my camera in my hands again. Working or not, I miss it terribly! Upon arriving home, I *had* to inspect it again. Surely it couldn't need to go in for repairs. Could it? So I came up with an idea to "fix" it myself. (Don't cringe, it's not that bad). Ready? Here ya go:
See, what is going on is the camera card will not "lock" into position. You can, however, hold it in position. Which is awkward, to say the least. So I thought, how about a place holder? I folded up a piece of paper, held it over the card, and shut the door down on it. Now the paper holds the card in place by gentle pressure. Is this a bad fix? If so, tell me why, because if I'm going to send it off for a repair I should do it now rather than later.
Yes, this does work. I have taken pictures with it and they *seem* to record just fine. Will it work consistently? That's my #1 concern. So I guess I'll take as many pictures as possible to try it out for the next couple days.
My 8 GB memory card does have a chip, which is what I originally thought went wrong with my card slot (that a chip had gotten down inside somehow). Mitch did suggest that I discontinue using that card. *sniff, sniff* Ok, good point. Better to replace it!
FYI: I used my old (now back-up) camera, a Canon PowerShot A630, to take the picture of my "fix" above.