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Forerunner 210 will not turn on

I found the watch turned off on the counter. I pressed the light button to turn it on and it immediately said battery low and turned off fairly quickly. i have had itr on a charger for a little bit and also "charged" briefly on the computer ... IT does nothing... it is not registering that iot is taking a charge, it does not turn on, does nothing

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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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The actual problem in your Garmin gps receiver is of the battery. It's showing that it got charged, but actually its not getting charged completely. The battery in the gps is got dead. In the battery (you can say in any kind of battery) there are live cells that get charged. Slowly -- slowly this cell in the battery dies and at last there are very few alive cells in the battery that gets actually charged. But because most of the cells in the battery are dead the battery cannot get properly charged. ---------So in this case the battery needs to be replaced. Replacing the battery will solve your problem. But in some cases removing the battery and cleaning it with dry cloth (also clean the area with dry cloth where battery is placed) helps. To replace the battery this is the procedure: ----

The Garmin Forerunner 305 Heart Monitor uses a circular lithium battery (similar to the batteries used in garage door openers and automotive keyless entry remotes).Replacing the 305's battery is simple and only takes a few minutes. A replacement battery can be purchased from most electronics retailers. You can also order a replacement battery online. A pack containing several batteries usually costs less than $5. Replacement battery number CR2032-3V:--

You can get the required battery from the link below:---


If the battery fails to charge on your unit, replacing it takes just a few minutes.
1:--Flip the monitor over so the display is facing downward. 2:--Place a coin, such as a dime, into the recessed slot on the circular battery cover. The cover sits on the backside of the monitor. 3:--Turn the coin counterclockwise until the cover stops moving. 4:--Tap the back of the unit against the palm of your hand to dislodge the cover and battery. Follow the instructions on the replacement battery for proper disposal of the old battery. 5:--Insert the new battery with the "+" marking up. Take care not to touch the leads on the battery. Hold it with your fingertips on the side. Lower the battery into the empty compartment. 6:--Replace the battery cover. Insert the coin into the slot and turn clockwise until the cover is secure. If you require user manual of this product. You can click the link below to get the user manual:-


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