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Why my USB port does not recognize my Garmin Forerunner 305?

I cannot receive information from my Garmin.My computer recognizes other USB devices

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  • andymorgan Dec 28, 2008

    Garmin Forerunner works on one PC but not on another, and guess which one I normally use. the PC that it doesn't work on when plugged into the USB the GPS switches itself on, for the PC that it works on it simply charges up like it is supposed to do. All my other USB things work on both PCs scanner, camera, printer, mouse...

    Driver software installed as per the instructions and gStart installed.
    MotionBased agent has the same issues


  • travelerwj Apr 11, 2009

    same problem-my computer doesn't recognize the usb device when I try and hook up my garmin so I can't download any data.

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SOURCE: Garmin 305 will not send info. to my computer

It sounds like the PC has possibly lost the driver for the Gamin. Back up your files on the PC and reinstall software.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Garmin Forerunner 305 USB Not Recognized

Hi,

It is well worth checking to make sure the contacts on the watch and cradle are not dirty. Clean them with a bit of spirits. I had the same problem as you and this is what solved - this after installing drivers, resetting the watch, blaming Vista, all to no avail.

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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SOURCE: Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver: How can I change my Garmin 305 from miles to kilom...

Page 48 of your manual, Changing Units of Measure. Settings > General > Units

Posted on May 20, 2010

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SOURCE: THE USB PORT THAT MY GARMIN NUVI 270 IS PLUGGED IN TO IS NOT RECOGNIZED BY MY COMPUTER

If they don't give you a new one under warranty, are third party Garmin repair services that will fix it for cheap. Also, I found an DYI GPS repair guide,so you can do it yourself too, not that difficult to solder in a new USB port.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010

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SOURCE: Garmin Forerunner 305. Problem receiving activities and courses

This turned out to be corrupt data on my machine. I opened the Garmin traing center, backed up all the courses then deleted them inside the Training centre. I then received from device and all was okay.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010

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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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Forerunner 305 "problem receiving activities"


I've had this problem. First -- and this sounds weird -- use a USB port on the back of your computer. Do NOT use a "secondary" type of USB port, such as an add-on hub, the ports on the front of a desktop machine, ports built into peripherals like a monitor, etc. Apparently, all USB ports are not created equal. Second, make sure you've the freshest Garmin Communicator plugin (which may entail a fresh download/install).

Apr 28, 2011 | 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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I reinstalled the driver of my garmin forerunner 205 but it is still not recognized by my computer. it has been working for over a year but now I do not get any connection and the device is not recognized...


Hello,

When you connect the unit to the cradle is there any reaction from the unit? I would try using a different USB port and cord first if this dosent fix your problem the next step would be to obtain a new cradle for your unit. They can be purchased here http://www.gpscity.ca/garmin-forerunner-205-305-charging-cradle.html.

Hope this helps!

Feb 25, 2011 | Garmin Forerunner 205 GPS Receiver

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My new computer running Win 7 will not recognize my Forerunner 305; I have installed and reinstalled training Center, drivers etc. and it still wont work. The USB connection is good because I can hear it...


Did you install from the CD or did you install the latest drivers (dated Dec 2009)? http://www8.garmin.com/support/download_details.jsp?id=591 has the latest USB driver. Other software updates are at http://www8.garmin.com/support/collection.jsp?product=010-00467-00

The newer drivers are Win7 compatible. Next, do you plug it into the computer or a hub? Try a direct connection. Also look at the contacts on the device and the cable. If there are any dark spots try cleaning the oxidation with a pencil eraser or another non-abrasive material (toothpaste for example).

What version firmware does the software report? If you see 0.0, try reinstalling the firmware https://buy.garmin.com/shop/store/downloadsAgree.jsp?id=3289&product=010-00467-00&cID=142&pID=349 . Download the software, then run it (click run a second time if the UAC comes up). Then connect the Forerunner to the computer. You'll need to allow extra time for a satellite fix the next time you use the device.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Apr 26, 2010 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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Garmin Forerunner 305 USB Not Recognized


Cleaning the gold contacts on the watch with a pencil eraser fixed it for me.

Nov 11, 2009 | Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver

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Garmin 305 will not send info. to my computer


It sounds like the PC has possibly lost the driver for the Gamin. Back up your files on the PC and reinstall software.

Mar 24, 2009 | 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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