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NO life in my Forerunner 305

I haven't used my 305 for about 8 months, and now it is completely dead, I have tried re-charging it through both my pc and the mains and also a soft reset but still no life at all.

Any suggestions?

Thank you

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  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2008

    Same problem. However, I had just used it earlyer in the day. it is dead dead dead. the computer does not see it, it does not report charging, and all the different reset methods I have seen do nothing.

  • PCHadfield Feb 06, 2008

    Same issue! Seams as though the watch isn't connecting to the cradle properly. The watch is working fine (with the little power it has left) and the software seam OK also. Is there anything I need to do to the docking cradle?

  • jimoliverlaw May 11, 2010

    I'm looking at my 305 and i don't see a "hidden recessed button." Where is the button in relation to any of the marked buttons such as the "enter", or the "mode" buttons?

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Press Mode and Lap/Reset. This will fix the problem

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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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.

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SOURCE: NO life in my Forerunner 305

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..........

Posted on Aug 04, 2008

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