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My Garmin Forerunner 305 no longer turns on through the power button, even when fully charged. I have to hold down the Reset button and the Mode button for 10 seconds each time I want to turn on the unit. It often takes 2-3 attempts before it actually turns on. Also, the watch no longer downloads data to my computer.

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I also have the same issue - and the map is no longer recorded.

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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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My garmin forerunner 305 turns off automaticly after a couple of minutes, and the battery is fully charge.


Try SW reset. Hold Mode and lap/reset for 10 seconds, then release and long press start until device restarts.
Should clean up default.

If not try hard reset, but you'll loose all data in device.
hold mode and start for ten second, device needs to off before.
Then keeping these, pulse press lap/reset.
You'll get a confirmation screen

Oct 04, 2010 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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Garmin 305 would not turn on after a ride. would


Reset your unit by pressing the "Mode"(reset/lap) and "Power" buttons at the same time. afte it turns on run system updater on computer

Jan 10, 2010 | 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/

Sep 21, 2009 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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Garmin forerunner 305 won't turn off and keeps ringing .


You can reset the unit by pressing the and holding the mode and lap buttons simultaneously. This will power it off.

Jul 24, 2009 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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I have the forerunner 305 - it is not taking a charge and won't turn on??? I have only used it 4 or 5 times


Plug in the garmin to the wall.
Hold down the reset and mode buttons for 3 seconds.
Try to turn it on or look for the "charing in process" words.

Jan 17, 2009 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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My Garmin forerunner 305 will not turn on.


I have had the same problem. To fix it, I simultaneously hold down the "mode" and "reset" buttons for about 10 seconds. After releasing the buttons I power it up as normal. This has worked both times it has happened, and I got this fix from the Garmin website. My mileage totals are still in the history.

Dec 14, 2008 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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Garmin forerunner 305


My husband is the best!  Here's what he did and now it works:
Hold the on/off button and mode button, then hit the lap/reset button.
Hope this helps!

Jun 21, 2008 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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Garmin Forerunner 305 usb cable won't be read


The problem is probably not with the USB cable if the GPS wont even turn on. The older firmware of the Forerunner 205 and 305 have a problem with locking up. This causes the Forerunner to look completely dead. There is a reset procedure: push the mode and reset button at the same time and then let go and hit the power on button. If it powers on that is the problem. Go to the Garmin site and load the newest rev. of firmware into the Forerunner. Fixed mine and a few friends with the same problem.

I do however have a cable problem. Sometimes my PC will come up with unrecognized USB device and my 305 wont talk to the PC, it does charge. It is the cable or dock for sure, because I have tried a different cable/dock and the 305 has no problem. This is the reason I ended up here. I hope the lock fix works for those with the above problem.

Dec 16, 2007 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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