I was wondering if someone could give me instructions on how to format my phone to see if the card will work, I'm afraid with the red x on it that it isn't going to but I would like to have the instructions so I will know what to do in order to give it a try.
Tina, the red X implies the phone detected something in the slot.
My guess is it doesn't like the card you have.
Do you have a card reader you can test/format the card in?
Other than that I'd try to find another card. RadioShack has SanDisk 4GB microSD cards with an SD adapter for $10. At least if that one doesn't work you can return it easily. You could probably even try it in the store if you explain the situation to the clerk.
Tina; As you undoubtedly noted by reading the thread, the 800g is not exactly built with the most high dollar, high reliability components. Many people report cards spontaneously dropping out and then working again after various bits of technical voodoo. My first advice would be to:
* completely power off your phone,
* remove the battery and the micro SD card
* hold the physical buttons on the front of your phone for about ten seconds to get rid of any residual electrical charge
* reinstall the micro SD card and battery (carefully, the sd holder in the 800g is again, not high quality and getting it lined up can be a pain)
* turn your phone back on and see if it works.
Failing that, do as many others have said, go out and buy a sandisk card from a box store like radio shack or wal*mart, one that comes with a microSD card adapter so you can also check the cards on your computer, and try that... if the new card works, use the adapter to check that the old card works in your computer and that it is formatted correctly, because as others have said, it's possible that you got a cheap chinese counterfeit of a sandisk card, or you got a legitimate sd card that is just flawed in some way.
on a semi-related note, I had earlier reported on this thread that there is no wireless internet in my area. Apparently that was only correct on my older CDMA tracfones on the us cellular network. the 800g apparently users the AT&T network in my area, and so i do have wireless internet, though it is only the old dial-up speed EDGE network. I got Opera installed.
but, anyone know idf there is a good QR code reader for the 800g's java os?
I formatted the card and now the phone recognizes it and the red x has gone so I think I'm on the right track and finally I can put my music and pictures on the external memory instead of using the internal memory. Thanks for all of the help.
I ended up formatting it with the computer, but I still can't get the phone to use the external memory to save my pictures. When I go to menu, and go to my stuff and click on the memory card icon all of the folders are blank, however the external memory is highlighted and checked so it should be going to the memory card I would think.
To have the LG800G store your pictures to the external storage you have to open the camera, tap on the little sprocket icon (if it is visible, if not tap on the camera screen so the controls become temporarily visible). The little sprocket icon should open the camera settings menu, if Storage isn't on that page page down and you'll see it. Tap it until it shows the external memory. Now the big kicker, if you want videos to store to the external card too you have switch to the video camera and change the setting there also, nearly identical to the camera. Hope that helps, if not post again.
Funny how nearly every other camera has an overall setting that takes care of this but the LG800G requires you to change it in so many places . Every model Tracfone puts out seems to have it's own peculiar quirk .
I had 2 cards. A 4gb and 8gb. Neither would fit into my Lg800g. They're SDHC cards. I went to a local cell phone/computer shop. They tried a sandisk 4gb. The phone wouldn't recognize it. The guy put in a sandisk 2gb and it works. He told me that my phone can't use the SDHC cards and to buy just the SD card. Perhaps some of us have to use just the plain SD according to when or where our phones were manufactured. At least I have *something*....the 2gb card.