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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

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  • afuentes127 Jan 25, 2009

    I cant turn it on, it works fine on cradle but as soon as I disconect the device it turns off, I have tried reset but didn t work

  • randi325 Feb 04, 2009

    I have had the same problem. And it turned itself on after a couple days, but then the problem occurred AGAIN this morning. It is really frustrating and would like someway to "fix" this permanently.

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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.

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I didn't do anything - it just started charging itself and now its working????

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