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When trying to retrieve history from my Garmin forerunner 305 device into my software program on my computer I am prompted with a pop-up stating that there is a problem communicating with my device and it asks me to check the connection. The connection seems to be working because it does charge the battery.

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Charging the battery shows that at least 2 of the 4 wires inside your USB cable work.

A pop-up about communication suggests you may need a newer driver installed. If you're sure you've got the best driver installed, try replacing the cable in case 1 of the 2 data wires is broken.

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It does not turn or or charge. Connected to laptop but got same results. Tried to install latest software but it would not the unit (forerunner 305). Message was that there was no unit connected...


Here's a few options: Soft Rest

- Hold down MODE + RESET for few seconds
- Press the Power button to turn on the device

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Hard Reset
(This will erase all of your data inside the device)

- Hold down MODE + RESET + POWER for few seconds
- Press the Power button to turn on the device

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Firmware Downgrade/Upgrade (2.9 > 2.8 > 2.9)
(This will erase all your data inside the device)

Software Downgrade/Upgrade

- Connect your Garmin Forerunner 305 to the computer
- Press the UP arrow button and hold while doing all the other steps below
- Press MODE + RESET for a moment (the computer will recognize the device)
- Dowload the Firmware from Garmin's website.
- Downgrade Firmware from 2.90 to 2.80. (You are still holding on that UP arrow button!)
- When the update is finished the Forerunner 305 should power on running the Firmware 2.80.
- Let go of the UP arrow button, disconnect the device from USB, connect it again and the computer should recognize it normally
- Update the Firmware to the current version.

Nov 04, 2012 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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I have bought a new computer, windows 7. I cannot install driver for forerunner 305.


Glad to HELP YOU!

It's a well-known issue between Windows 7 and Garmin Forerunner.
Garmin company says it's a compatibility issue concerning the USB connection between the computer and the device and usually they recommend to be an Intel Chipset.
Try to download and install using the latest drivers available on their site on WIN 7 and Forerunner 305.m You have them ALL here and the USB driver was released this year and it's the last one on that list.

GOOD LUCK!

Mar 26, 2011 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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How do you transfer 305 history to a new computer?


If you go into the Garmin Training center software under "File" you should see "Export". On some versions there is a Back up as well.

If you go into the Export and Export everything, Work outs, History, and Courses (all seperatly) you should be able to save these files to a USB stick. Using the USB stick you should then be able to "Import" these files to the new PC. Obviously you will need to install the Training Center onto your new PC first.

Feb 06, 2010 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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Missing training data from my Garmin 305....


Unless you created a "back up file" with the Training Center software unfortunatly you will not be able to retrieve the data.

Regular back ups will insure you do not lose information in the future.

To back up your data in the Training Center go to "File" and "Back up" I believe the early version of the Training Center did not have the Back up feature so you would then need to use the "File" Export" option.

Dec 11, 2009 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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I have just loaded Win 7. I have re install Garmin Training Center. It says, since this is the first time you are using the program, your device needs to be added to training center. It repeats itself...


I had the same problem, my husband finally uninstalled the software which I had installed using the original disk, then he reinstalled it using software downloaded from Garmin. Works great now. Hope this helps you.

Dec 10, 2009 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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I have a new Forerunner 305 and it transfered my first workout to the computer but will no longer do so. The device says "Transfer Complete" however the computer states "There was a problem communicating...


I've just experienced a similar issue for the first time since owning my Garmin 305 Forerunner. Slight difference in my circumstance is that the device itself doesn't show the activity in its history, despite having displayed apparently accurate readings during the activity iteself. Bizarre isuee, and although it's my first issue with this otherwise great device, it does destroy your faith in the unit.

Nov 08, 2009 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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Ive not had my garmin 305 long, it will not charge or turn on.


This might just need a reset. To reset the Forerunner or Edge 205/305:
  1. Connect the device to the computer using the USB cable
  2. Press and hold the mode and reset (lap) buttons together for 10 seconds
  3. Release and wait for 3 seconds
  4. There should be some indication of battery charging (either Finished or In Process)
  5. Power the device on while keeping it connected to the computer
In addition, please make sure that the device has the latest software version available by downloading and running the WebUpdater program. To update the software, please use the following link:
http://www.garmin.com/products/webupdater/

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Try maybe a different computer and see if it works. If it doesn't then something is wrong with your item. Clearing the history won't help.

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my htc phone programs i had on my computer was interupting my connection between watch and computer,so as soon as i uninstalled the htc software it started working again, hope that helps

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