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Garmin Forerunner 305

I shut mine off after exercising on Friday, 20 June and now it will not power up. I charged it until it states charging complete, and have tried the "soft reset" recommended on this web site, but it still does not power up.

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  • GPS_Runner Jun 30, 2008

    Thanks for the solution. It worked for me. I've had a problem with mine twice in the last few weeks. The first time I just played around with it, taking it on and off the charger until it finally powered up. It died again today and the reset worked great.

  • Rambo85 Jun 30, 2008

    Avemike,



    Thanks for the response. I tried your process multiple times but still no life for my Forerunner 305. I may have to start saving for a new one......maybe the 405.



    Rambo85

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It wasn't working for me either , but the directions I received wasn't as accurate as some I've seen lately. Ensure:

  • Press mode and reset(lap) at the same time for at least 3 sec. (make sure you press it till you hear that click) 
  • after more than 3 sec. let both go
  • now press the power button and let go
  • wait 3-5 sec, then it will power up-
  • repeat if it doesn't work the first time, the key for me was hitting the power button after the reset and waiting for up to 5 sec after releasing the power button
  • the issue is getting it to work the way it should!
  • good luck!

Posted on Jun 28, 2008

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If not try hard reset, but you'll loose all data in device.
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Question: My Edge or Forerunner 205/305 won't power on. Is there a soft reset that I can do?
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From the Garmin web site.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Answer: If a Forerunner or Edge 205/305 is unable to power on, a soft reset can be performed to un-freeze it. This will not erase any user data and is most effective if the device is connected to the computer while performing the reset.
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