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Garmin forerunner 305

My Garmin won't download to the computer

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  • lampardf Jul 20, 2008

    I bought the Garmin a year ago. It worked fine until last week. Now no information will download to the computer. The screen says that I should download the information on email and send it to Garmin. But I can't get any information to send. I have not seen any recent updates to thesystem so it could be a lack of update. But this should not block the downloading. Do you have any other suggestions?

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Do u still have the correct serial code? Without that u couldnt download anything..also note that Garmin doesnt give the new downloads for free..

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How are you connecting the Garmin tell me the way you are doing.

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You need to make sure the drivers and software is up to date.

Posted on Jul 20, 2008

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  • Ekse Jul 20, 2008

    connect the garmin, then right click on my computer, select manage, then on the left side select device manager.



    now on the right window with all the devices note any with a yellow ! or ? mark. see if you can find your garmin there if your garmin has ? or ! then most likely the drivers are not installed.

  • Ekse Jul 20, 2008

    everything is available here

  • Ekse Jul 20, 2008

    make sure you update all the software from the page



    1. web update

    2. training software

    3. driver




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SOURCE: My Garmin forerunner 305 will not turn on.

I have had the same problem. To fix it, I simultaneously hold down the "mode" and "reset" buttons for about 10 seconds. After releasing the buttons I power it up as normal. This has worked both times it has happened, and I got this fix from the Garmin website. My mileage totals are still in the history.

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SOURCE: change Battery in garmin forerunner

Might not be the battery.My wife's was always powering off during runs. Then it would not power on at all. There was a connection inside that wasn't making contact. But first First try cleaning the 4 brass connection tabs on the watch and check your charger to make sure the tabs are raised and not squished. Second try to reset the unit. Hit mode reset and power buttons all at the same time. Hold these for 3 seconds and then release. If these do not work here is what I did. There are no screws holding the unit together. I used a exacto blade to very carefully pry the unit apart along the side seam. It's not easy to do. Be very cautious and gentle. Work the thickness of the blade into the joint to gently wedge apart. You are not trying to remove material! Once apart you will see some brass fingers that make a connection between the upper and lower part of the unit. This is where the problem was with my wife's 305. I gently raised these tabs to make a better connection, It's been working ever since. I didn't try it before but try pressing very hard on the unit where it says Forerunner 305. The case is very hard so it might not work. But if it powers up when pushing you found your problem. Hope this helps.Here is a link I found on opening a 205 (Same process) http://ctorunner.googlepages.com/dismantleforerunner205 To put the unit back together use Automotive silicon/gasket maker.Use a tooth pick to put a VERY small amount of silicon around the entire seam. Put the two half's together and wrap tightly with electrical tape. Test the unit immediately to see if it powers on and off. If it does not open it back up and raise the small prongs more that make the connection from the bottom half to the top half. If any silicon squishes out the sides wipe with water and a rag.Let the unit sit over night. In the morning remove the tape.

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SOURCE: Garmin Forerunner 305. Problem receiving activities and courses

This turned out to be corrupt data on my machine. I opened the Garmin traing center, backed up all the courses then deleted them inside the Training centre. I then received from device and all was okay.

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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.

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I have a new Forerunner 305 and it transfered my first workout to the computer but will no longer do so. The device says "Transfer Complete" however the computer states "There was a problem communicating...


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This might just need a reset. To reset the Forerunner or Edge 205/305:
  1. Connect the device to the computer using the USB cable
  2. Press and hold the mode and reset (lap) buttons together for 10 seconds
  3. Release and wait for 3 seconds
  4. There should be some indication of battery charging (either Finished or In Process)
  5. Power the device on while keeping it connected to the computer
In addition, please make sure that the device has the latest software version available by downloading and running the WebUpdater program. To update the software, please use the following link:
http://www.garmin.com/products/webupdater/

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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.

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