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Garmin forerunner 305 just went dead

I tried the soft reset and put it on charger but nothing happens. I have had this watch for only 7 days. I pushed the mode and lap button for the reset.

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I can't believe that I would have to pay to have my problem solved when I just purchased this watch a
week ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Husband fixed it by cleaning the connectors with an eraser!!!!.

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I put the 305 on the charger at night and I see the charging in progress message. When I wake up it is blank and the unit will not power up? It's like the battery is dead and it won't respond to the...


Over charging sometimes does that effect.

However, best is reset the device. Try soft reset first, if not sufficient, try hard reset.

Soft reset : Hold mode and lap/reset for 10 seconds, then release.
Hold start button then for 10 seconds, device should restart.

Hard reset : Hold mode and start button. 10seconds after, still holding them, pulse press lap/reset button, then release all.
You should get a screen asking to confirm reset to factory settings. You'll loose all data by this, but device should restart with normal behavior.

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Try first changing the battery if you have but if not better call Garmin and let them repair or replace it if its still under warranty..

Hope that helps..........

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Look at
"http://www.activesplit.com/my-garmin-forerunner-305-doesnt-power-on-its-just-dead-solutions/"

You can soft reset or hard reset the device. Hard reset deletes all data.

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try holding down the reset and mode buttons together for 10 seconds, then try turning it back on.

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Press Mode (bottom left side button) and Reset (left front button) simultaneously, let go, then press On (top left side button).

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Glad to hear I was able to help. I keep an eye on the posts here and so many are having the same issues. Most certainly a design flaw!

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Same thing happened to mine. Put the unit in the cradle (just like you are going to recharge it) and press the reset and mode button at the same time for 3 seconds. This will "wake" the unit up.

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My Forerunner 305 was working when I ran today.  I just went to download and the 305 is completely dead.  No display when pressing 'on', and none in charging deck. What do you recommend? Thank you.


Press the reset and mode button simutaneously to reset watch

...then press the mode and start button at the same time for several seconds to start the watch up

Dec 22, 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.

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My Garmin 305 has died


Did you try a soft reset:

With the unit in hand press and hold the mode reset and power buttons all at the same time. Hold these for 3 seconds and then release.

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