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Garmin 205 running watch/ need to set actual time

The watch has multiple screens but I can not figure out how to set the daily time

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  • steve hicks Oct 13, 2008

    Wrong device - this is a watch - Garmin forerunner 205

  • steve hicks Oct 14, 2008

    I have the manual but cannot figure it out



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It was only now that i saw your original post

One option is to touch the time settings in the top right. You can then change the time. Another option is below.

To update the time.
Go to Tools> Settings>Time

Time Format select either 12 or 24 hour time format
Current Time - you can manually set it or automatic to have the nuvi set the time based on your location.

The link to the manual is below as well.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008



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How to Perform a Hard Reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W



Does your Garmin Nuvi 205 or 205W Freeze at Loading Maps?
Does it lock up or stop working?

This tip will describe how to perform a hard reset of the device, and how to backup your 'Favorites' in case the hard reset erases them. The next step in fixing your Nuvi when it doesn't start properly is to update its system software using Garmin WebUpdater.

A hard reset (or Clear All User Data)has been known to resolve unit quirks and strange behavior after firmware updates. It's generally recommended to perform it after a firmware update but is not required by any means. However, if you're seeing quirks and strange behavior with your unit after the firmware update, it is a good idea to do a hard reset of the unit. It's also one of the first things that Garmin will have you do when contact tech support regarding quirky unit behavior.

Backup and Restoration Procedure for Favorites:

The Hard Reset procedure has been known to delete your Favorites, so back them up beforehand.

  1. From the Nuvi drive, copy '/Garmin/GPX/current.gpx' to a backup location on your computer.
  2. After the hard reset, copy your backed up 'current.gpx' from your computer back to the '/Garmin/GPX/' folder on the Nuvi, but be sure to rename it 'temp.gpx'.
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*Note that this will clear all user selected settings on the unit

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  2. Remove the battery and wait several minutes.
  3. Install the battery.
  4. Press and hold (and continue to hold) the bottom-right corner of the screen while powering the unit on.
  5. Continue to hold the screen until the "Do you want to erase all user data?"prompt appears.
  6. Press "yes" and the unit will reboot. This resets all your location settings and user preferences.

If possible after the hard reset, let the unit sit outdoors in the open for about 30 minutes or so to let the unit re-acquire the satellite almanac data.

You have now performed a hard reset of your Garmin Nuvi 205 and 205W.

I hope that helps.
Download Garmin Nuvi 205 Manuals here.
Garmin Nuvi 205 Favorites Backup here.
Garmin Nuvi 205 WebUpdater here.

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