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Forerunner 305 not recognized by my computer

After I had the Forerunner 305 for over a month, it suddenly is not recognized by my computer. When I connect the USB cable, the computer gives me the error "USB device not recognized."

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SOURCE: GARMIN 305 Forerunner wont transfer data to PC

For Pc users:

Go to Garmin website Updates & Downloads, Training Centre for Windows software version 3.4.1, click on download.

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Posted on Jun 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Forerunner 305 won't charge

Had the same problem. Turned out I only *thought* it was the cradle and/or cable being finicky. Actually, the problem was one of the four contact points on the back of the 305 had oxidized and if all 4 don't make good contact with the cradle, it won't charge. Apparently, manipulating the cable only coincidentally helped, if/when it did help, perhaps by subtly shifting the contact point so that a less oxidized part made contact.
Anyway, rubbing the contact points with a pencil eraser cleans them enough to get a good charge. I've had to break out the eraser every 2-4 weeks.

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

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SOURCE: 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.

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

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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: Garmin Forerunner 305 won't turn on and won't

You need a new battery. There is a small chance there is a hardware problem but about 99.9% of the time its just the battery giving up.

Posted on Apr 01, 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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Can't find satillittes


Yes, resetting the Forerunner 305 would be just like resetting the Edge 305. If you are still unable to locate satellites with the Forerunner 305, please go to the following page on the Forerunner 305 Main Menu > Settings > General > About Forerunner and reply with your software version and GPS version.


HID KITS.

Jun 01, 2012 | GPS

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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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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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NO life in my Forerunner 305


There is a hidden recessed button on the right side of the Garmin. Press this button and it should reset the unit and it should turn on immediately.

Jan 13, 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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